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At Bay Endodontics we provide a range of treatments, the selection of which is dependent on your individual requirements. As a skilled endodontist, Darryl is experienced in the most modern and effective techniques available, all designed with the health of your teeth and your comfort in mind. Read on to learn more and do ask us should you require further explanation.

Conventional root therapy

Conventional root therapy is the procedure of choice for most endodontic cases. Using a microscope for magnification, the endodontist makes an opening in the crown of the tooth to gain access to the pulp chamber and root canals. Using very small instruments, the pulp chambers and canals are thoroughly cleaned, shaped and sealed so healing can take place.

Root Canal - Tauranga Endodonist


Most endodontically treated teeth last as long as untreated teeth.  However, in a small number of cases, the patient continues to experience pain or the treated tooth fails to heal. Sometimes, the tooth may become painful or diseased years after a successful treatment.  In these instances, retreatment of the tooth is necessary to save it.  This procedure takes longer than the initial root canal treatment as it involves removal of the restoration and old filling materials before retreatment can be carried out.

Endodontist Retreatment - Bay Endodontists

Apical surgery    

This procedure is occasionally (less than 2%) performed to remove from the tip of the roots or in surrounding bone infection caused by resistant bacteria embedded in a biofilm outside the root canal system. It is also used to repair damaged roots caused by chronic infection or roots perforated during the initial root canal treatment.  In most cases this procedure is not advisable as it only traps the bacteria inside the root canal system , which results in higher failure rate of 20%-30%.

Apical Surgery - Bay Endodontists

Preservation of the pulp

The dental pulp is responsible for most of the early growth and development of the tooth in childhood.  It is therefore important to preserve the pulp until the tooth is fully developed and mature.  In cases of trauma or caries in children’s teeth where the pulp is exposed, using direct pulp capping with MTA is a conservative treatment of choice.  Studies have shown that this method can help preserve the pulp’s vitality.


In endodontics, bleaching is carried out internally on a single tooth which has discoloured to match the other natural teeth.  This is not to be confused with external bleaching of multiple teeth commonly referred to as “teeth whitening”.

More information

For more information about endodontic procedures don't hesitate to email us or call our practice. Alternatively you can also find clinical resources, guidelines and other treatment information at the American Association of Endodontics site