Endodontics is the branch of dentistry related to conservation i.e. preserving the functional tooth in the mouth rather than extracting it out.
Unlike a simple drill n’ fill, endodontics is done when a tooth decay has reached the pulp (tooth nerve) and has irreversibly infected it. The only options are to either extract it or perform root canal treatment – and endodontics revolves mainly around the root canal treatment.
A root canal treatment involves removing the infected pulp, cleaning the canals of the roots and filling it up with an antibacterial filling material.
If nothing is done, the infection can spread and may cause severe swellings in the face and neck and may even lead to death!
- Root canal treatment with hand files and rotary instruments
- Obturation with cold lateral condensation method
- Retreatment of residual root canal and apical infections