Endodontics (root canal treatment)
This specialized branch of dentistry deals with treating the structures inside the teeth. In many cases, removing the inflamed nerve and the accompanying structures, as well as thoroughly cleaning and sealing the inner canal, can significantly prolong a tooth’s lifespan. The success rate and in turn the retention of the tooth essentially depends on the precision of this treatment, usually involving a time-consuming and precise treatment of the root canals with the help of a binocular magnifier or a microscope. Completion of the treatment includes sealing of the root canal and quick and precise treatment of the retained tooth. This type of treatment offers a very good alternative to tooth extraction and the then necessary replacement such as an implant, a dental bridge or dentures. Based on extensive additional dental training in this area, endodontics has become one of the key areas of our group practice.
Root canal retreatment
This treatment is applied if the tooth did not heal as expected after initial root canal treatment. The root canal filling material will be removed, the root canal will again be carefully treated, cleaned, disinfected and subsequently, refilled and resealed. The reasons for retreatment may be due to an insufficiently filled root canal, which in turn may lead to a new bacterial infection. This procedure may, for example, be affected by existing root canal posts. With this type of retreatment, root tip surgery (see below) is not usually necessary.
Root tip surgery
Root tip surgery, also known as apicoectomy, is a minor surgical procedure through which a tooth’s inflamed root tip is removed. This may become necessary if it was not possible to resolve the root infection despite root canal retreatment or if anatomical conditions or an existing root canal post make it impossible to carry out a retreatment.