Northumberland Institute of Dental Medicine, Ballsbridge, Dublin 4

Endodontics or Root Canal Treatment

Within each root, situated beneath the gum line which anchors the tooth to the surrounding bone, there is a canal filled with pulp which provides your tooth with nourishment and also contains a lot of nerve endings. Root canal treatment involves the cleaning, shaping and filling of the root canal system.

Restoring and enhancing
your natural smile

Our primary goal is to restore your teeth to their natural form and function, so that your teeth are protected from further damage and to improve your quality of life. As a bonus, these treatments improve the aesthetics of your teeth, giving you confidence in your smile and overall appearance.

What is root canal treatmentEndodontic or root canal treatment involves the dentist or endodontist (root canal specialist dentist) opening up the tooth at the crown, removing the infected pulp, cleaning and shaping the canals and filling the canal system. This filling is a rubber-like material known as gutta percha which creates a seal in the canal to avoid re-infection. The crown of the tooth is then filled using tooth-coloured filling material.

No, you should not feel any pain during the procedure. Dr. Cormac Cullinane is our root canal dentist here at the Northumberland Institute of Dental Medicine. Cormac will numb your tooth and surrounding area using local anaesthetic. You will feel that there is treatment being conducted but you will not feel any discomfort.

Depending on the complexity of case, your root canal treatment may be conducted in a single visit or over multiple visits. Cormac will be able to discuss this with you at your first visit. More than 2 visits will rarely be necessary.

What happens after root canal treatmentAfter your root filling is complete, your crown will be filled. In some cases, this filling will be sufficient. In many cases, however, a restorative crown may be required. You will be advised which option is suitable for you.

Root canal treatment is usually very successful. However, very occasionally a tooth may not settle down after a root filling and infection may persist. In such a case it is necessary to remove this area of infection by surgery (apicectomy). This rarely happens and the tooth can generally be saved.

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