Endodontics Endodontic treatment

Endodontic treatment

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Devitalizations and root canal treatment

Endodontics is the treatment of pathologies of the dental pulp and root canals. The techniques used at the W&F Surgery aim to be the least invasive possible. Root canal treatment aims to remove the causes of infection or inflammation of the dental pulp. When it is not possible to treat a tooth with an apical lesion, also known as a granuloma, with normal canal treatment through the dental corona, recourse is made to endodontic surgery. Apicectomy (the surgical amputation of the terminal part of the root) is carried out in the surgery under local anaesthetic, it is painless and of a variable duration depending on the complexity of the case. It can be carried out on front teeth (incisors and canines) and on pre-molars and molars. Thanks to this surgery, the element can keep all its functions and aesthetic appearance.

A healthy tooth
and a tooth with
an apical lesion

What you have to know about endodontic treatment

Endodontic treatment carried out well does not make the tooth go black but at the most, there is a slight change in colour which can easily be reversed with aesthetic dentistry. However, if during treatment the canal is correctly treated, the tooth doe snot turn black because the blood cells decompose without giving rise to cyanhaemoglobin, which is the substance responsible for the change in colour. If the treatment has not been carried out correctly and the tooth turns black, there are corrective systems which, even without the use of veneers (partial coverings of the teeth) allow the teeth to regain its natural colour.
A tooth that has been well treated endodontically has the same resistance as an untreated tooth although special attention has to be paid during treatment when there may still be large cavities in the teeth, the result of serious caries: in these cases, the dental elements are more fragile and, subjected to more stress than is prudent, may fracture.
This problem can be remedied by the use of special endocanal pins, which act as a support for the reconstruction of the tooth and guarantee its resistance.
Lastly, it has to be underlined that a treated tooth is a tooth that is still alive and, contrary to what is often believed, its relationship with the body and nutritional elements continues. For this reason it must be treated in time in the same way as all the other teeth: by doing so, it will have the same life expectancy as healthy untreated teeth.