Saving your teeth and helping you smile again.

Endodontics, or root canal treatment, focuses on treating infected teeth that would otherwise need to be extracted. It involves removing infected pulp, the tissues, nerves and blood vessels within the innermost part of the tooth. The root canals are then cleaned, shaped and filled to return functionality to the tooth and restore your overall oral health.

At Oriel Villas Dental, we are proud to have a dentist with a special interest in Endodontics. Dr. Liliana Barros uses her expertise, experience and training to successfully treat even complex root canal cases and accepts referrals from other dental professionals.

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Why would I need root canal treatment?

Root canal treatment is necessary when the pulp becomes inflamed or infected. The most common reasons for inflammation or infection are deep cavities, repeated dental procedures, cracks or chips. Trauma can also cause inflammation and often shows up as discolouration of the tooth.

If pulp inflammation or infection is left untreated, it can cause pain or lead to an abscess, so it is important to get it seen to.

What treatment is available within Endodontics?

Root Canal Treatment
  • The removal of infected pulp through an opening in the back of the affected tooth
  • Local anaesthetic is used to ensure you are comfortable throughout the treatment
  • Once the pulp has been removed, the roots are disinfected to remove all bacteria and the canals filled
  • The tooth is sealed with dental cement and restored to its natural appearance
Secondary Root Canal Treatment
  • Also known as retreatment
  • During the procedure, all the existing contents inside the root canal system are removed and the root canals are disinfected and filled again
  • Once retreatment is complete, we restore the tooth to fit in with your smile
Vital Pulp Therapy
  • A potential alternative to root canal treatment
  • It aims to preserve and maintain pulp tissue that has been compromised but without removing all healthy tissue
  • It is particularly useful in young adult teeth

Microscope dentistry

At Oriel Villas Dental, we perform the entire root canal treatment under a Zeiss OPMI Pico dental microscope. Excellence in endodontic treatment requires a high level of precision and exquisite clinical skills. The use of the microscope greatly enhances the treatment, as we are able to clearly view the tiniest details in the tooth and treat all the parts of the root canal, even those invisible to the naked eye and magnifying glasses. The microscope gives high contrast, colour images, enabling us to provide the best examinations and treatments possible.

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