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Common Endodontic Procedures
Endodontic treatment has the potential to save teeth. As an example, if the pulp of the tooth has infection or inflammation due to deep decay, a chip or crack, an endodontic treatment will solve the problem. The endodontic treatment removes the inflamed/infected pulp, cleans the inside of the tooth, disinfects it and fills/seals the tooth. We then restore the tooth with a filling or crown for protection.
Endodontists and Endodontic Therapy
Endodontists are dentists who provide dental procedures to maintain teeth. These procedures primarily focus on the inner tissue portion of the teeth, known as the pulp. The roots of the word endodontic stem back to endo which means inside and odont, which means tooth.
Endodontists are skilled in root canal techniques along with a number of procedures with greater depth. Endodontists can diagnose oral pain in a mouth that has a complex system of nerves. In general, endodontic treatment is the best choice for teeth that have pulpitis, inflammatory resorption, an abscess and in instances of chronic apical periodontitis.
An endodontic procedure can also be necessary if the tooth crown (the part that protrudes from the gum tissues) wears out and requires posts for structural support. The dentist might recommend placing a dental crown over the tooth after the endodontic treatment.
The Advantages of Endodontic Treatment
Endodontic treatment lets the patient enjoy his or her natural smile. The patient will love how he or she looks after an endodontic procedure. Another benefit is that the patient can eat all the foods he or she loves without a problem. The same is true for beverages.
There will be less need for dental checkups on the enhancement than other procedures. As long as people maintain a high quality of oral hygiene, the teeth we assist with an endodontic procedure will have the potential to last a lifetime.
Root Canal Endodontics
The root canal is the most common endodontic treatment. This is a procedure in which we access the hollow portion of the tooth, known as the pulp, to eliminate infected or inflamed blood vessels and nerve tissue. During the root canal procedure, we will disinfect and seal the tips of the roots by using a filling material to seal the tooth access hole.
Do not be scared away by the term “root canal.” This is a fairly common dental procedure that saves teeth. If possible, we will perform a root canal to prevent the extraction of a tooth. If tooth pulp is inflamed or if canals with pulp are infected, endodontic treatment is necessary. Inflammation or infection can be due to fractures, cracks, trauma or decay.
Endodontic inflammation is usually characterized by sensitivity to hot or cold, tenderness throbbing pain, swelling or tooth discoloration. In some cases, there are no symptoms. If the pulp inflammation is left untreated, the patient will experience pain and might lose the tooth. The root canal treatment can save the tooth, reduce pain and combat infection.
In addition to root canal endodontics, a tooth extraction is also an option. However, an individual who takes medication might have to temporarily suspend its use. This is especially true for bisphosphonate medications. Consult with your dentist to determine which endodontic procedure is optimal for your mouth.
If you are interested in an endodontic procedure or another oral health treatment, reach out to us. Call us today to schedule an appointment.
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