Endodontic Treatment

Injury to the nerve supply (pulp) of a tooth is the cause of toothache. Tooth decay, trauma (e.g. tooth fracture), other pathological processes and dental procedures are examples of conditions that can cause injury. There are grades of injury to the pulp that will cause symptoms ranging from hypersensitivity (e.g. thermal sensitivity) to tooth ache (pulpitis) to death of the pulp and abscess formation.

Prosthodontists receive in depth training in the diagnosis and treatment of injury to the pulp that range from pulp maintenance procedures (dressings on exposed pulp) to removal of the pulp (root canal treatment).

It is important that root canal treatment is done to very high standards in order to cure abscesses. Failure to do so can have consequences that impact negatively on the general health of a patient.

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