Dr. Varayini Yoganathan, BDS, DClinDent (Endo)(Otago)
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What is endodontics?
Endodontics is a form of dentistry concerned with the tooth roots and the surrounding tissues. It can be carried out by both general dentists and root canal specialists (endodontists). Most endodontics is performed to relieve dental pain and resolve tooth infection. The aim is to save teeth by locating the sick dental pulp in the root canals. The canals are thoroughly cleaned and then sealed to prevent re-infection.
Why endodontic treatment?
Endodontic treatment is necessary when the pulp becomes inflamed or infected. Inside the root of a tooth lies the root canal, which contains the dental pulp. This is a soft tissue containing blood vessels and nerves. The most common reasons for inflammation or infection are deep cavities (caries), repeated dental procedures, cracks or chips. Trauma can also cause inflammation and often shows up as discoloration of the tooth. If pulp infection is left untreated, it can cause pain or lead to an abscess.
What are the symptoms?
Tooth ache, sensitivity to heat or cold, discoloration of the tooth, swelling or tenderness of the tooth or adjacent gums.
How can endodontic treatment help me?
The endodontist removes the infected pulp, cleans and shapes the canal system and then seals the prepared space. We will explain your diagnosis and treatment options at our initial consultation. Treatment can often be carried out on the same day as the initial consultation if requested at the time of booking. A separate treatment appointment will be required for patients with complicated medical history or those with intricate treatment plan.
Is the procedure painful?
Advanced endodontics is committed to dental excellence and compassionate care of patients. We will ensure that you are comfortable before we begin any procedures. Modern anaesthesia can make the procedure pain free in most cases.
What happens after treatment?
When your root canal therapy has been completed, a record of your treatment will be sent to your dentist. You should contact your dentist's office for a follow-up restoration within a few weeks of completion at our office. Your dentist will decide on what type of restoration is necessary to protect your tooth. The restoration of the tooth is an important part of treatment because it seals the cleaned canals from the oral environment, protects the tooth, and restores it to function normally.
It is rare for endodontic patients to experience complications after routine endodontic treatment or microsurgery. If a problem does occur, we are available at all times to respond.
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