The aim of all endodontic treatments is to remove the pain caused by inflammation or infection of the inner part of the tooth (also called pulp tissue).
Thanks to modern techniques and anesthetics, this treatment is now virtually painless for the patient. Recent developments (new instrumentation, microscopes, lasers) in the field of endodontics have helped advance the reliability and predictability of this type of treatment, with overall success rates of 95%.
A 3 Step Treatment
1/ Opening the tooth to eliminate the infection
An opening is then made through the tooth to reach the infected inner area of the tooth.
2/ Cleaning and disinfecting the inside of the tooth
Small instruments are used along with disinfectant solutions to clean the root walls and remove the pulp. Accurate measurements determined electronically by an apex locator, provide precisely the limit of the area to be disinfected.
3/ Sealing of the decontaminated Area.
When the interior of the tooth is properly disinfected, the tooth can then be closed off. Filling material is compressed to ensure a three-dimensional tight seal, the sine qua non for maintaining long-term results.
Immediately after treatment, your tooth is in an intermediate stage : tooth is still fragile and must not be put under pressure. The opening made to access into the tooth is recapped with temporary cement, and if necessary the temporary crown is resealed.
You will then need to consult your regular dentist, who will strengthen and properly rebuild the tooth.