Endodontics is the branch of dentistry that focuses on treating the pulp or root canals of teeth. It’s sometimes known as root canal therapy, endodontics, or root canal treatment. Endodontics is used to treat teeth that have become badly infected or decayed.
When infection or decay reaches the pulp, it can cause the pulp to become inflamed. The inflammation can lead to the formation of an abscess, or pus-filled sac, within the tooth. An abscess can spread to the surrounding tissues, leading to serious medical problems. During an endodontic procedure, the endodontist will carefully remove the infected pulp, clean the inside of the tooth, and seal it to prevent further infection.
What does an endodontist do?
Endodontics is a dental specialty that focuses on the dental pulp – the living tissue inside your teeth – as well as the nerve tissue. The endodontist treats dental pulp disease, or more specifically, inflammation or infection of the dental pulp. This can be caused by trauma to the mouth, a deep cavity, or a loose filling.
Why is a root canal needed?
A root canal treatment becomes necessary when tooth decay progresses to the point that a tooth is no longer able to sustain itself.
The decay may have progressed to the point that a tooth is irreversibly damaged. A root canal treatment removes the damaged area of the tooth, allowing patients to once again chew and speak normally.
When is a root canal indicated?
A root canal is a restorative procedure that is performed when the nerve of the tooth has become infected due to decay. Other reasons that a root canal may be indicated include:
- Fractured tooth: A fractured tooth can cause damage to the inner pulp of the tooth, which can be further irritated by chewing. A root canal can treat this damage and restore the tooth.
- Pain: Tooth pain can be the result of a number of issues but, in most cases, can be alleviated by a root canal.
- Abscesses: An abscessed tooth is caused by an infection in the mouth. The infection may spread to the pulp of the tooth, which will require a root canal to treat.
What happens during an endodontics appointment?
When a patient needs treatment to save a tooth, our endodontists will start by thoroughly examining the tooth. X-rays are often needed to see the full picture, and depending on the tooth’s condition, the patient may need a root canal to remove the diseased tissue.
During the procedure, first, the dentist will numb the area around the tooth with a local anesthetic. Then, a small hole is drilled into the tooth. Using small files, the dentist will remove the nerve, blood, and pulp from the tooth. After the root canal, the dentist will usually place a crown over the tooth to protect it from further damage.
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