Root canals and root treatments
What is endodontics?
Endodontics is a specific expertise of Dental Surgery that treats diseases within the tooth. The tooth is made of the enamel, dentin and the pulp. The inflammation or infection of this pulp can occur as a result of decay, trauma, fracture or repeated treatments on the tooth. When the pulp is reached, the bacteria penetrate and spread into the roots, causing necrosis. When the bacteria reach the end of the root, the cellular bone can be damaged: the formation of a bone infection and the long-term creation of an abscess are observed.
Nevertheless, these lesions are not always painful but cause significant bone destruction.
Endodontics is therefore intended to treat these inflammations and infections in order to allow healing of the formed lesions. This helps keep natural teeth for as long as possible.
What is a root-canal treatment?
Endodontic treatment involves removing infection from the dental root. To do this, all the roots are cleaned and disinfected according to a very precise protocol, then the tooth will be closed to ensure the sealing and the durability the treatment. At the end of the procedure, a temporary filling will be placed and your treating dentist will complete the final reconstitution of your tooth.
Once the bacteria are removed, there is no more bone aggression, so it can heal. The healing process can take time (between 6 and 48 months), so a follow-up will be implemented to carry out screening X-rays after several months.
Why do I need a root-canal retreatment?
Sometimes, even if the tooth has already been treated, it can be reinfected. This reinfection can be linked to a very old and sometimes "poor" treatment, which leads to the development of bacteria in the root-canals. The formation of this chronic infection is often asymptomatic.
In this case, endodontic retreatment should be considered to prevent the infection from developing and forming a cyst. After removal of the old sealing material, the complete cleaning and disinfection are carried out. The canals are then sealed, and the tooth reconstruction can be completed.
In some cases, endodontic microsurgery may be considered. This is based on the cleaning of the root infected by direct access. The gum is lifted up to access the cyst that will be removed. The end of the root is cut and the part of the channel then accessible is cleaned and sealed. The gum is then replaced with stitches.
— Why consult an Endodontist? —
An Endodontist is a dentist specialized only in the root canal treatment. He has extensive knowledge of the anatomy of dental roots, as well as of the protocols and operational techniques specific to Endodontics. Thanks to a specific material and an operating microscope, he can access and treat teeth with complex anatomies, retreat teeth with fractured instruments, and sometimes keep your natural teeth instead of considering dental implants.
Our philosophy is based on a high quality of treatment. Our team is ready to offer you a treatment plan adapted to your needs and the best techniques to achieve an optimal result.