Endodontic treatment or root canal treatment is carried out when the tooth is without vitality or with acute inflammation.
A tooth may become inflamed or start to die off through deep decay in the tooth that has not been treated or through a crack or chip in the tooth.
There could be some indications that you need a root treatment on your tooth. These could be serious pain in the tooth when you bite down whilst eating or if you put pressure on the tooth. Your dentist is able to check the vitality of your tooth by taking an x-ray or sometimes during a clinical view.
In the case that you do require a root treatment this can be carried out by an Endodontist. Endodontists are specialized dentists that have had extra training in only doing root therapies, so have more expertise than a general dentist. Endodontists are able to have a look at the x-ray and obtain a good notion of the root canal’s condition. However, there are some times when the roots may present an obstruction or have very calcified (hidden) or curved canals making the procedure a little more complicated.
Endodontic specialists are qualified with techniques and accessories for the success of root treatments in a safer way; they also have a deeper and broader view of the canals using an endodontic microscope.With knowledge, equipment, and correct accessories, the endodontist could apply the ideal treatment specific to each diagnosis and patient taking into account the individual peculiarities of each tooth.