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Endodontics is a branch of dentistry that treats the inside of the tooth (dental pulp and root canals). The most common treatment in Endodontics, or root canal treatment, which in most cases saves a very damaged tooth that would otherwise have to be extracted.
A consultation with an endodontist is necessary when the pulp of your tooth becomes infected or inflamed. The causes of infection or inflammation can be many: deep decay, tooth fracture, cracks, repeated treatments on the same tooth, etc.
If you wish to consult an endodontist, make an appointment now with our English-speaking specialist. Depending on your situation and your needs, they will propose a suitable treatment plan.
What is endodontics?
Endodontics is a specialty of dental surgery that treats pathologies related to the interior of the tooth with the aim of making it healthy and functional. The term endodontics comes from "endo" which means "inside" in Greek and "dontie" which refers to "tooth". Endodontics is the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of diseases of the pulp and periapical (desmodont and alveolar bone). It usually involves a root canal and aims to preserve the natural teeth in order to avoid implants and prostheses.
What are the pathologies of the pulp?
The pulp is the inside of the tooth. It is made up of cells, vessels, nerves and various tissues. It is the pulp that ensures the "vitality" of the tooth. It can be affected by several pathologies, which sometimes cause the dentist to remove it. This is called root canal treatment.
It can occur as a result of decay, trauma, fracture or repeated dental treatments on the same tooth. It should be noted that trauma (impact) can lead to pulp damage even if the tooth has no visible signs of fracture. If the inflammation is not treated, it can cause pain, commonly known as "toothache", or lead to an abscess. In the event of a dental emergency, you should not delay in seeking help!
When bacteria enter the pulp, they cause an infection of the pulp. If left untreated, the bacteria will travel along the canals of the tooth until they reach the root tip. As soon as the bacteria come into contact with the bone, they trigger the formation of a granuloma (better known as a cyst) in the jawbone.
A tooth infection can remain asymptomatic (painless) for months or even years, and later manifest itself as an abscess or severe pain. A granuloma can therefore be discovered by chance by your dentist during a check-up X-ray. Therefore, it is important not to forget your annual dental check-ups.
Root canal treatment or tooth devitalization
Carried out under local anaesthetic by the dental surgeon, the treatment makes it possible to remove all infected tissues. During the operation, which is performed through the crown of the tooth, the canals are cleaned, disinfected and finally sealed to avoid any re-infection. If you have a granuloma, it will disappear spontaneously and the bone will gradually rebuild itself in the same way that a fracture repairs itself. Healing takes between 6 and 48 months depending on the case.
Once the endodontic treatment has been carried out, it is very important to restore the damaged part of the tooth quickly in order to prevent the reappearance of bacteria in the canals and to consolidate the tooth to avoid fracture. Depending on its condition, the tooth will be restored with a composite or a prosthetic crown. To monitor and control the healing process, radiographic checks can be made.
Here is a video that shows how a root canal treatment is performed:
Endodontic surgery is sometimes necessary if, after a period of observation varying from 6 months to one year, the radiographic images show no improvement or if, after endodontic treatment, pain persists for several weeks. There are several possible causes for this:
- Natural calcification of the canal
- Presence of a fractured instrument during the previous treatment
- Special anatomy of the tooth to be treated
In these situations, endodontic surgery may be considered by your dentist at the Turó Park Clinic. This consists of making a small incision in the gum (rather than the tooth itself) under local anaesthetic, which allows it to be lifted to uncover the bone and eliminate the infected tissue. The gum is then put back in place with stitches.
Why choose the Turó Park Clinic for your endodontic treatment?
At Turó Park, you receive premium medical and dental centre in Barcelona from English-speaking endodontists. They are there to explain the treatment in detail and answer all your questions and doubts.
They have high-tech equipment at their disposal (latest generation microscope, etc.) for quality treatment. Only one or two appointments are necessary for the endodontic treatment.
Finally, the entire staff of the clinic guarantees you an exceptional treatment in a warm and family atmosphere (in English!).