This is the commonest endodontic therapy that is carried out. When a tooth has been fractured and the pulp exposed (a Complicated Fracture) the pulp will instantly become inflammed (Pulpitis) and this quickly becomes irreversible and the tooth dies. Sometimes pulpitis can occur even if the tooth is not fractured - simply traumatised (see Discoloured Teeth).
When human patients undergo Root Canal Treatment, they usually make a series of visits to the dentist. An initial cleaning, with a temporary filling, possibly a second cleaning process, then a filling of the canal, then possibly a crown preparation and finally a crown fitting. Each visit separated by a few days or weeks. Because our patients require General Anaesthesia, we try and combine as many stages as possible into single visits. However this is not always possible.
Another thing to remember, prior to embarking on Root Canal Treatment, is that follow-up radiographs are an essential part of the treatment. These will require a short anaesthetic, typically at six months after the procedure and then annually for a couple of years. The reason for this is that we need to look for problems, our patients are very poor at letting us know that they are in pain. If we personally had a problem with a root canal performed on us - we would very quickly let our dentist know. Our pets can't do that. Whilst complications are very rare - they may occur, and the only way to know is to regularly radiograph. If there might be difficulties in agreeing to the follow-up care, or financially if it is an issue - then we should extract the affected teeth to be certain to avoid problems.
Different Veterinary Dentists perform Root Canal Treatment in different ways. VetDentist has used almost every technique that has been described and has a vast array of instruments involved in different procedures. Over time we have established a methodology that works well for us. This doesn't mean that other techniques are wrong, or that we won't adapt the techniques we are currently using in the future.
The various steps involved in the way VetDentist performs a Root Canal Treatment are illustrated in the pages above.