Root canal treatment (also known as endodontic treatment) is usually thought of as extracting marrow—this is incorrect, because it can lead to errors in comprehension and treatment. It is a large area of specialisation in dentistry, because to be done well, superior facilities and highly experienced doctors are required.
Teeth are indicated for endodontic treatment if their lesions (usually due to tooth decay, trauma, periodontitis, and so on) have spread to the pulp, causing inflammation and irreversible pulpitis. Sometimes the tooth pulp is still alive but needs endodontic treatment for restoration.
Typical endodontic treatment includes stages such as anaesthesia, opening, cleaning and shaping, obturating the canal, and finally filling.
This is a job that requires meticulous and persistent care from your doctor. With one canal (e.g. incisors), the canal system is relatively simple, although with multi-canal teeth (e.g. molars) it is more difficult, because sometimes the canal system is very complex.
In order to receive superior endodontic treatment, you need to see a doctor who has undergone intensive training and who has access to modern machinery to support the work.
An indispensable device for endodontic treatment is the modern digital X-ray machine. It can help doctors to capture X-ray images in high quality and quickly, reducing the exposure of X-rays to a minimum.
In more advanced cases, doctors can use a Cone Beam CT scanner to observe the tooth structure in three dimensions.
During treatment, the apex locator device can help doctors to locate the tip of the tooth correctly, minimising any missing sealed materials or superfluous details around the apex.
At Elite Dental, besides our diagnostic facilities, the clinic is also equipped with X-Smart—a modern endodontic device. This is a system using Ni–Ti rotary instruments with high flexibility, which can help doctors in treating curved and complicated canal systems in minimal time.