We choose to provide you with optimal care from a registered specialist endodontist when it comes to all your complex endodontic needs.
Why See an Endodontist instead of a General Dentist?
When it comes to all your complex endodontic needs, such as root canal treatment, we choose to provide you with optimal care from our general dentists and registered specialist endodontists.
Endodontists are specialists in diagnosing and treating the pain caused by toothaches, damaged or diseased teeth. They hold a degree in general dentistry as well as a postgraduate degree in endodontics. The latter involves a further three to four years of advanced education specific to endodontics.
While some general dentists can perform root canal therapy, additional specialist training and experience go a long way towards increasing the likelihood of treatment success in this field.
Root Canal Therapy
Root canal therapy, or root canal treatment, is the procedure used to save a tooth with a dead, dying or inflamed pulp (also known as the nerve). If a tooth is cracked, is traumatised or has a deep cavity, the pulp can be exposed to bacteria and can become inflamed or infected. Advanced progression of infection within the root canal system results in the pulp eventually dying. With inflammation or infection of the tooth pulp, your tooth may be very sensitive to high or low temperatures and may be painful to chew on, and there may be a continuous, throbbing pain associated with swelling. If the infection is left untreated, there can even be a systemic spread of infection to the surrounding areas, such as the face and eyes.
In these circumstances there are two options. Your clinician could extract the tooth, or they could save the tooth with root canal treatment, the latter being by far the preferred option.
To find out more visit our root canal therapy page.