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Endodontics & Root Canal Treatment

Endodontics or ‘Endo’ is often referred to as root canal treatment (RCT). It is dental treatment carried out when the nerve inside the tooth becomes inflamed, infected or if the nerve has been damaged.

Endodontics is a type of dentistry that deals with the treatment and prevention of diseases of the dental pulp and the supporting structure of the tooth.

As a treatment it isn’t easy to see what a dentist has carried out to rectify a root canal problem as the treatment is mainly inside the tooth using specialised endodontic equipment. Dentists who are skilled in root canal treatment often enjoy the intricate challenge of providing this highly skilled service.


The case featured in these images was referred by another dental practice to FHDC’s Dr Chris Tan for re-root canal treatment as the patient had shooting pain after her tooth had broken. Whilst most dentists are trained in basic root canal treatment, it is sometimes better to refer treatment to dentists who have completed additional training and gained post graduate qualifications in this treatment area. Additionally not all dental practices have the specialised equipment that is needed to carry out endodontics.

The pictured treatment was carried out over 2 visits. The tooth was accessed and cleared of pre-existing root canal filling material and a special dressing was placed. After this stage of treatment patient had no more pain symptoms.

For the second appointment Xrays were taken to make sure that the tooth canal was clear before the final obturation i.e. the filling and sealing of the tooth using with special root canal filling materials. In this instance the patient was sent back to their referring dentist for a crown to protect the tooth for the long-term. This service can also easily be provided at FHDC as we provide the highest quality dental crowns.


What are endodontists?

Endodontists are dental specialists who have completed additional years of further dental education and training beyond general dental school. They possess the expertise to perform complex root canal treatments and handle more challenging cases that routine root canal treatments.

What is root canal treatment?

The most common procedure performed by an endodontist is root canal treatment. This is a dental procedure used to treat an infected or damaged dental pulp. During a root canal treatment, the endodontist removes the infected pulp, cleans and disinfects the root canals, and then seals them to prevent further infection.

How do i know if i need root canal treatment?

Endodontists use various diagnostic techniques, including dental X-rays and dental examinations, to identify problems related to your dental pulp and the root canal system. They will evaluate the condition of the pulp, determine the extent of infection or damage, and assess the overall health of the tooth.

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To discuss how Far Headingley Dental Care can help you with Specialist Endodontics, please complete the enquiry form on this page or call our practice in Leeds on 0113 275 1323 during normal office hours.

For dental practices wishing to refer a patient to FHDC for endodontics, please use the referral form here.

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