Endodontics at the dentist in the district of Tirschenreuth – root canal treatment
At Zahnärzte am Steinwald you are in the best hands and benefit from modern, state-of-the-art dentistry and a comprehensive range of treatments with numerous services.
Endodontics, and particularly root canal treatment, is also an important speciality of our dental practice in Erbendorf (in Tirschenreuth district). Because the preservation of your natural teeth is always a top priority for our dentists.
Our goal: the health of your teeth
Whether endodontics, periodontology, sports dentistry, functional diagnostics or more – our dentists will find the right treatment concept for you and are also always there for you in the area of prophylaxis. Make an appointment in our dental practice – we are your address in the Erbendorf area, Weiden in der Oberpfalz, Tirschenreuth, Grafenwoerth, Marktredwitz and the surrounding area for beautiful and healthy teeth.
Questions about endodontics
What is endodontics?
The term endodontics is often associated with root canal treatment, as it is one of the most common treatments in this field. Endodontics is rather the part of dentistry that deals with the tissues inside the tooth. Root canal revisions, the removal of root posts and fragments from the root canal are also part of endodontic treatment.
If the inflammation progresses further, it spreads to the bone around the root tips. This can remain painless and unnoticed for a long period, but can also change into an acute condition at any time. Also, the inflammation can trigger symptoms in widely ramified areas of the body (so-called "chronic inflammation"). A root canal treatment is then necessary to eliminate the inflammation in the root tips.
How does a root canal treatment work?
If the root tips are inflamed, root canal treatment at the dentist is the only possibility of treatment and thus of preserving the diseased tooth. The lasting success of the root canal treatment depends largely on whether the complicated and branched root canal system can be completely freed from bacteria and their metabolic products.
With a bundle of measures, we achieve the greatest possible freedom from bacteria in the root canal system in our dental practice:
- Use of sterile, rotating, flexible preparation instruments (mechanical preparation)
- Use of high magnification loupe glasses for exact and safe treatment
- Processing with the aid of a torque-controlled motor
- Electronic determination of the working length
- Disinfection of the root canals by laser
- Use of additional medical, disinfectant rinsing solutions
- Three-dimensional root canal filling with thermoplastic methods
In the course of the root canal treatment, the inflamed nerve is removed and a medication, which is later removed, is injected for healing. In the end – after about 3 sessions – the tooth is closed again. Before the treatment, a local anaesthetic is applied and the patient has no pain.
Our dentists work with a special preparation device that makes repeated x-rays unnecessary. It also increases the chances of success of a root canal treatment many times over, as the nerve canals are optimally cleaned. After all, a good root canal treatment means that the canal system is thoroughly cleaned and well filled up to the tip of the root in order to provide a positive long-term prognosis. Because any dental prosthesis can only last as long as the tooth to which it is attached.
How long does the root canal treatment take at the dentist?
A root canal treatment takes several sessions, depending on the inflammatory condition. But don't worry: nowadays, a root canal treatment at the dentist can be painless and very gentle thanks to very good anaesthetics.
What happens after the root canal treatment?
Once the root canal treatment is complete, the tooth must be stabilised with a crown in addition to filling the canals as tightly as possible. We will make this individually for you in our practice laboratory. In this way, the tooth can usually be preserved over the long term.
Is there an alternative to root canal treatment?
The inflammation rarely heals by itself. The diseased tooth usually has to be removed if a root canal treatment is not performed and the gap has to be filled with a dental prosthesis, for example with a bridge or an implant. For this reason, root canal treatment is always the first choice for treatment in our practice if the prognosis for possible tooth preservation is good.