Endodontics explained

Endodontics is a specialised field of dentistry concerned with the treatment of the roots of teeth including the dental pulp.

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Endodontics is a specialised field of dentistry concerned with the treatment of the roots of teeth including the dental pulp.

The pulp is the “living” part of the tooth, which consists of sensitive nerves and blood vessels. In cases of infection or inflammation, the pulp can become very painful and if left untreated can allow an abscess to form at the root tip or even allow bacteria to enter the jaw bone. This condition is frequently treated with root canal therapy (RCT).

Endodontists spend the majority of their time performing RCT and apicoectomies (root resection surgery). They also get involved in cases where general dentists have attempted this treatment and it has gone wrong. Examples include removing fragments of broken instruments from a tooth’s root(s), re-doing failed RCT and even performing RCT through crowns.

While it is possible for general dentists to carry out endodontic treatments, in complex cases we recommend specialist care to make absolutely sure quality of outcome is not compromised. To register with the Dental Board of Australia as a specialist, an endodontist in Australia must have the same degree as a general dentist, plus a masters degree in endodontics (a further three to four years’ study).

When choosing a specialist, your decision should be based on three important factors:

  • the qualifications and experience of the treating clinician
  • local availability, contributing to continuity of care
  • compatibility of materials used.

At Core Dental Group, our endodontists are suitably qualified and experienced, work in seamless collaboration with our general dentists and use mutually compatible materials.

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