What is Endodontics?

Technology

Camberwell Endodontics utilizes state of the art equipment in the diagnosis and treatment of endodontic problems. Networked digital radiography is available allowing digital images to be obtained instantly and viewed while patients are present. Digital images can be printed or emailed to referring dentists as required.

For more advanced Cone Beam Computed Tomography patients are referred to specialist radiology clinics where all digital images are viewed by a Radiologist to ensure any non-dental pathology is detected. All surgeries at Camberwell Endodontics are equipped with operating microscopes allowing detection of additional or calcified root canals and the presence and assessment of cracks.

Camberwell Endodontics utilizes ultrasonic, rotary and reciprocating Nickel Titanium instruments for root canal preparation. These instruments are single patient use and all other instruments utilized during treatment are either disposable or autoclavable. A state of the art, fully tracked sterilization system is used to ensure critical items are sterile at the point of use.

Treatment

Endodontic treatment is usually undertaken over one or more visits. If the tooth is infected two visits may be required to achieve sterilization of the root canal and relief of symptoms before final root fillings are placed. Some cases can be treated in a single visit. Teeth that have been previously endodontically treated and developed a subsequent infection can in many cases be re-treated. The Endodontists at Camberwell Endodontics are fully trained in the assessment of previously endodontically treated teeth and will advise you whether these teeth are suitable for re-treatment or if the tooth requires extraction.

We provide second opinions if you have been advised to have a tooth extracted.

After Treatment Care

After endodontic treatment visits minimal post-operative discomfort can be expected. Occasionally patients may need minor analgesics such as Nurofen or Panadol, in which case the treating Endodontist will advise you whether this is likely. Some cases may require prescription analgesics as discomfort may be expected following surgical procedures.

Post-operative infections are rare but can occasionally occur. Patients at Camberwell Endodontics are provided with the private contact telephone numbers from their treating Endodontist in case pain or swelling develops after a procedure. This is rare but can usually be rectified with a course of oral antibiotics and analgesics. After operative procedures it is usual for patients to be advised not to chew on their treated tooth for one or two hours or until the effect of the local anaesthetic disappears. A soft diet is recommended for the remainder of the day and care should be taken in drinking hot liquids, particularly while areas of the mouth are still numb.

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