An introduction to root canal therapy


Most vets know and accept that a tooth with a non-vital or exposed pulp requires treatment but all too often the only option considered is extraction. As well as offering an interactive practical session demonstrating the basic concepts of root canal treatments, the tutors will talk you through how to recognise a tooth with a non-vital pulp and how to recognise which teeth are suitable candidates, or just as importantly, which teeth aren’t. We will go through the recommended materials and equipment required along with some golden rules to ensure that treatment failures are identified and kept to a minimum.

By the end of this session you should be able to:

1. Identify suitable cases for root canal treatment or when to refer

2. Understand the basic concepts of root canal treatment

3. Be aware of complications and follow up recommendations