Endodontics is a branch of dentistry concerned with tooth pulp. When this pulp becomes infected with bacteria, this can lead to acute pain, and the tooth nerve will eventually die. When a tooth dies, extraction and replacement is the only other option. Endodontics is a conservative treatment that can preserve your natural teeth.
When you have an infection within your tooth root, your choices for treatment are root canal therapy or extraction. An infection in the tooth pulp is usually accompanied with acute pain and occasionally swelling in your cheek or jaw. If the pain goes away temporarily, this doesn’t mean the problem is fixed. It is usually an indication that the tooth nerve has died, and the pain can return more severely later.
Root canal therapy has a bad reputation as being an invasive and painful treatment. Pain control is our top priority, and we also offer dental sedation if you are nervous about the treatment. With adequate anaesthesia, the procedure of a root canal does not hurt. The dentist will ensure you are properly numb prior to the procedure and ensure you are comfortable throughout your treatment.