Endodontics, more commonly known as root canal treatment, is the branch of dentistry that deals with diseased or injured dental pulp deep within the tooth and the supporting structures that surround it. Root canal treatment is often required when the pulp has become inflamed or infected, usually as a result of tooth decay or damage to the tooth that has allowed the pulp to become exposed to bacteria. Left untreated it can result in serious pain and sensitivity, swelling of the adjacent gums and lead to an abscess.
Root canal treatment involves extracting the infected pulp tissue from inside the tooth using specially designed endodontic instruments. The canal system is then cleaned and shaped to ensure no infection remains and the space filled and sealed to prevent any further infection.
Root canal treatment has always had a reputation of being an extremely painful and long-winded procedure, but the truth is that today’s root canal treatment is normally pain-free and performed in a single appointment. Some patients may feel a little discomfort after the procedure and the tooth can feel a little sensitive for a day or two afterwards. This discomfort is usually relieved with over-the-counter painkillers such as ibuprofen or paracetamol - just ask any of the Newport Smile dental team for advice.