Endodontics

What is Endodontics?

Endodontics is a highly complex area of dental practice involving the diagnosis, prevention and treatment of diseases of the dental pulp (commonly referred to as the nerve of the tooth).

The pulp is a complex bundle of small blood vessels, nerve fibres and other cells which run through the length of the root(s) of a tooth. The pulp tissue is very delicate and can become damaged or diseased due to decay, cracks, trauma, old fillings, grinding or general wear and tear. If the pulp becomes damaged it can become inflamed or infected and this is when endodontic (root canal) therapy can be beneficial. Endodontic disease can cause swelling and pain, however in some instances there may be no symptoms at all. Sometimes an endodontic problem may be found by your dentist on a routine X-ray before symptoms have developed.

What is an Endodontist?

An endodontist is a dental specialist who diagnoses, prevents and treats diseases of the dental pulp. Commonly known as Root Canal specialists, endodontists first do a dental degree which is generally five years of training. All endodontists must then spend a minimum of two years in general practice to hone their skills before commencing their specialist programme. This is another three years of full-time academic and clinical training which includes advanced training in diagnosis, anaesthesia, use of surgical microscopes, endodontic therapy, endodontic re-treatment and endodontic surgery. Endodontists then limit their practice to endodontics and do not practice any other aspects of dentistry in order to focus on, and remain experts in their complex area of practice. Choose only the best for your endodontic needs in Melbourne.

Your dental care and the impact of Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Under the current Level 3 restrictions (Melbourne Metropolitan Area and Mitchell Shire), we are open and all residents residing in the lockdown areas are able leave their homes to seek medical care.  This includes undergoing care for dental and oral health problems.

If you reside outside of the lockdown area, you are also still able to travel to our practice to attend your appointment.

Your safety and care is of utmost importance to us.  Rest assured that our premises are subject to stringent infection control protocols, and in addition we are also carrying out all recommended environmental sanitation procedures.  In clinical areas, infection control procedures are being carried out to the highest available standards.  In addition, for your personal protection, any clinical procedures are carried out with the use of rubber dam to minimize production of aerosols.

Please exercise all appropriate hygiene precautions when attending, which include:

 

However, if you do feel unwell, or exhibit any of the following symptoms:

 

Please call us on 9650 4209 and we can reschedule your appointment for a minimum of 14 days, or until your symptoms have fully resolved.

If you have any questions regarding any of the above, please feel free to contact us on 9650 4209