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One main field of our dental surgery is root canal treatment (endodontics).
Dr. A. George Laja already specialised in root canal treatment at the university hospital in Münster and has obtained further qualifications in the subsequent years by practical experience and attending numerous training courses in this field. Since 2006 he has been certificated in endodontics / endodontology (root canal treatment) and has been a member of the “Akademie für Praxis und Wissenschaft” (academy for practice and science).
Thereby he is able to offer you the required techniques and new treatment methods for the diseased nerve which are aimed at keeping a large number of endodontícally treated teeth permanently free from pain and inflammation so that bridges or implants are not necessary.
By means of optical magnification and a central source of light (operation microscope or magnifying glasses) it is possible to better locate the canals of a dental root and to ensure long-term success. Flexible instruments made of nickel-titanium and the mechanical preparation of the canals by means of special equipment open up the possibility to treat even badly bent root canals. By endometrically measuring the tooth’s or the root canals’ length respectively, it is possible to improve the accuracy of the treatment and to reduce the number of X-rays and thereby the level of radiation at the same time.
If you have any questions regarding endodontic treatment, please feel free to ask for further information.
Nowadays, endodontology or endodontics constituts important factors in restorative dentistry. Endodontics is the scientific study of the “interior of the tooth”. The purpose of endodontic treatment (i.e. root canal treatment) is the preservation of teeth if the dental nerve or areas at the tip of the root (root apex) are inflamed.
In former times aching and festering teeth were often extracted. Nowadays, due to modern and refined treatment methods and the use of optimised instruments and materials, many teeth can be restored by root canal treatment, even in cases which were deemed to be “hopeless” only a few years ago.
Although thorough root canal treatment is time-consuming restoring a tooth should always take priority over dental prosthetics.
The aim of root canal treatment is the removal of the inflamed nerve and the cleaning and disinfection of the tooth’s internal cavity. Normally, a dental root treatment is free from pain as it is carried out under local anaesthetic. Depending on the extent of the inflammation the treatment might require several sessions.
In the meantime, the tooth gets a medicinal filling and is temporarily sealed. If the tooth does not cause any further problems, it will be permanently sealed with a root filling to prevent bacteria from getting in again. After that it is essential to provide the tooth with a well-fitting filling.
Often the extremely weakened tooth has to get prosthetic care.
For carrying out dental root treatment accurately, several X-ray films are necessary. By electrometrically determining the length of the roots it is possible to reduce the number of X-rays.
Provided that dental root treatments are carried out correctly, the inflammation can be healed thoroughly and the tooth can remain in the oral cavity for many years, at least in most cases. However, there might be problems after a long time. A renewed inflammation might be caused – among other reasons – by bacteria in the small lateral canals which are out of reach. The inflamed tip of the root (root apex) can be cut off in an operation.« back