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Endodontics is the dental specialty concerned with the study and treatment of the dental pulp. An endodontist is specialized in root canal treatment.

Inflamed pulp tissue doesn’t heal
A tooth consists of a crown and one or more roots. The crown is the part that you see. The roots cannot be seen, as they are anchored in the jaw under your gums. Each root has a root canal, which contains nerve fibers and small blood vessels. This living tissue is also referred to as dental pulp. If the pulp is or has been inflamed, you will need root canal treatment.

What causes infected pulp?
Tooth decay or a leaking filling can cause your tooth tissue to become inflamed. A hard blow to a tooth can also be a reason. Bacteria are usually the cause of the inflammation. Do your teeth feel sensitive when drinking hot or cold drinks? This may be a first sign. Sometimes the inflammation causes no symptoms, but severe pain can also occur. Your dentist must remove the inflamed tissue, otherwise it will die. If the tissue is not removed, the infection can spread to your jawbone. This causes bone loss around the teeth, which can eventually lead to loss of teeth.

What happens during root canal treatment?
First, your dentist will explain the procedure to you and tell exactly what is going to happen. The procedure comprises the following steps:

  • Make x-rays
  • Drill a hole to allow access to the root canals
  • Remove infected pulp and clean the root canals
  • Fill and seal the root canals
  • Place a crown

Is root canal treatment painful?
The dentist will give you an anesthetic.

What does root canal treatment cost?
The Nederlandse Zorgautoriteit (NZa: Dutch Healthcare Authority) sets the tariffs and the descriptions of dental treatments. Root canal treatment costs depend on the number of root canals that need treatment and the degree of difficulty of the treatment.
Please ask your dentist for a quotation.
Derk Kösters is our resident endodontist. He specializes in microscopic root canal treatment. This new method ensures precision work, which increases the success of the treatment.
Want to know more about root canal treatments?
Click on the below mentioned specialist to make an appointment to get all the available advice there is.

Dentist D.R. Kösters

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A healthy tooth

An infected tooth

1. The tooth is being opened
2. The root canals are cleaned with a special small file

3. Root canals are closed with filling material and the tooth is fitted with a filling
4. Some time later the inflammation has disappeared

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