Endodontics is known to most as root canal treatment, this is a dental procedure used to treat infection at the centre of a tooth. Inflammation or infection can occur as a result of several things including deep decay, repeated dental procedures, faulty fillings or crowns, or trauma to the tooth.
A local anaesthesia is used to numb the area of the tooth allowing you to sit back and relax while Dr Denise Nascimento completes your root canal treatment. The feeling of numbness usually subsides after 2-3 hours. It is normal for it to take a few days for your mouth to adjust to the root canal treatment.
Dr Denise Nascimento will remove the bacteria from the root canal of the tooth and the tooth is sealed with a biocompatible material followed by a temporary filling, placed over the access opening to protect your roots from being exposed or contaminated until you return to your general dentist for your final restoration.
At your consultation, Dr Denise Nascimento will search for signs, symptoms and abnormality in your x-rays prior to treatment of your tooth such as;
- Damage to the interior of your tooth (Pulp damage)
- Any pain of discomfort you may be feeling in the tooth
- Prolonged sensitivity to hear or cold foods and drinks
- Discolouration of the tooth
- Swelling and tenderness in the nearby gums
If your tooth is left untreated, it can cause moderate to severe pain or lead to an abscess