Root-Canal-Treatment â€“ we will refer you to a specialist in our network, if necessary.
Teeth are hollow inside, this space contains living tissue, the so called pulp (nerve of the tooth).
The dentine (the bulk of the tooth) and the enamel (the outer layer of the crown part of the tooth) protect the healthy pulp from bacteria. If the tooth is affected by caries (a disease caused by bacteria), the bacteria can migrate all the way to the pulp and cause an infection/inflammation of the nerve. The consequences of this infection are occasional problems with cold and/or hot stimuli, sudden or even longer lasting pain.
It is also possible for the infection and the tooth to be asymptomatic (symptom free). If this is not treated, the bacteria can enter the jawbone without any barriers, so that an infection can spread there as well.
Root canal treatment becomes necessary, if the pulp is so heavily infected, that it needs to be removed, or that it has already died due to the infection. The aim is to prevent the bacteria in the root canal system to advance all the way to the jawbone, or to allow an already existing infection in the jawbone around the root tip to heal.
It is possible and sometimes necessary to renew an unsuccessful, old recontaminated or unsatisfactory toot filling. Such teeth often are clinically asymptomatic, i.e. symptom-free and are more often discovered when routine periodic x-rays are taken.