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What do I do if a tooth is knocked out?

If a tooth is knocked out of the mouth (avulsed) quick action can save it. Putting the tooth straight back into place in the mouth (replanting) is the best course of action. It is critical that this is done quickly. Teeth that are replanted within 15 minutes have the best chance of surviving. Follow these steps: If […]

What is root resorption?

Root resorption is the destruction or “eating away” of the tooth and /or surrounding bone, caused by the body’s defences. Infection of the dental pulp can affect the tissues around the root and cause resorption of bone at the root apex (tip of the root). This can also resorb some of the root tip itself. A knock […]

What can I expect after root canal surgery?

Root canal surgery and in particular apical root surgery is a minor surgical procedure. You should expect the following: possible swelling and bruising for 2-5 days possible shrinkage of the gum margin there may be some post-operative bleeding requiring the use of firm pressure with a cold compress for 4 minutes at least.   If […]

Endodontic Surgery – What is an Apicectomy?

What is an Apicectomy? An apicectomy is a minor oral surgery procedure which is necessary when infection remaining within the root is contributing to an area of bony deterioration about the root apex . The tooth in the majority of cases will have been previously root filled. An apicectomy is indicated when: retreatment of the root […]

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I have had a root canal treatment. Do I need a crown?

The short answer to this common question is yes.  Teeth requiring root canal treatment have commonly been ravaged by previous dental disease and have often had a history of extensive previous treatment. They are characterised by very big cavities or big fillings.  A tooth with a big filling is structurally weaker that a tooth with […]

What happens after root canal treatment?

The aim of root canal treatment is to remove infected tissue from the inside of a tooth and its roots and to fill them with an inert rubber material called “Gutta Percha”. Immediately after the filling appointment residual natural tissue inflammation may cause discomfort for a few days, which can be controlled by an over-the-counter […]

Why should I see an Endodontist?

Reason 1: Experience On average, endodontists perform nearly 25 root canal treatments a week, while general dentists perform less than two. Reason 2: Efficiency  Because they limit their practice solely to endodontic treatment, endodontists are efficient and precise. This means that you have a positive experience and heal faster. Reason 3: Availability  Most endodontists offer […]

Why do I need root canal therapy?

Once the dental pulp is compromised by bacteria infection and abscess formation is inevitable. Root canal therapy is necessary because the tooth will not heal by itself. Without treatment, the infection will spread, to the bone around the tooth and may lead to the eventual loss of the tooth. Pain usually worsens until one is […]