Endodontology, Canal and Dental Surgery

An Endodontist is a dental surgeon who specialises in treating endodontic problems.

The word Endodontology is derived from the Greek “Endo” meaning "inside"; and “Odons” meaning "tooth")

Endodontology generally involved the treatment of tooth pulp and the surrounding tissues of the tooth’s root.

Dutch Barton’s Endodontists perform a variety of procedures including the treatment of root canal therapy, endodontic retreatment, surgery, treating cracked teeth, and the treatment of dental trauma.

Root canal therapy is probably the most common and well known Endodontic procedure.

Root Canal Treatment

Root canal treatment is needed when the blood or nerve supply of a tooth (known as the pulp) becomes infected through decay or injury. This damage may not always result in pain in the early stages of infection and in some cases may result in the affected tooth becoming darker in colour.

When a tooth’s root becomes infected it is important that the affected tooth is treated quickly to ensure that the infection does not spread, which can result in tooth loss.


Root Canal Treatment, as illustrated above, treats and removes all infection from the root canal. The root is then cleaned and filled to prevent any further infection.

Root canal treatment is a skilled and time-consuming procedure. Most courses of treatment will involve two or more visits to Dutch Barton.

At the first appointment, the infected pulp is removed, and any abscesses can be drained. The root canal is then cleaned and shaped ready for the filling. A temporary filling is put in and the tooth is left to settle.

The tooth is checked at a later visit and when all the infection has cleared, the tooth is permanently filled.

The Endodontic specialist training pathway involves four years of study dedicated to the specialty.