Root canal treatment (also known as endodontic treatment) is the field of dentistry aimed at the prevention and elimination of an infection at the end of the root. These infections are caused by bacteria from the mouth invading the dental nerve (pulp tissue) which lives in the centre of the tooth and root causing it to die and set up an infection.
The infection can be extremely painful, but in some chronic cases there is no pain at all and the infection is first detected on routine X-rays. Typical symptoms are a rapid increase in sensitivity to temperature, followed by a constant intense spreading pain which despite pain relief, does not improve. Other symptoms are an inability to put pressure on the tooth and this can then be associated with some form of swelling and abscess formation.
At Exeter Advanced Dentistry, our dentist with a special interest in endodontics, Dr Daniel Zillwood provides the majority of root canal treatments for our patients. He has a Masters Degree in Endodontics and has been accepting referrals from other dentists across Devon, Cornwall and Somerset for over 10 years. He also sees many patients who self-refer for treatment.
Due to the high demand for his services, Daniel now only works in the field of endodontics.