Endodontics and Root Canal Treatment
Endodontics is a specialized form of dentistry that deals with the structures found within your teeth such as the tooth pulp, tissues, nerves, and arterioles. Endodontic treatment can help with inner tooth damage caused by bacterial infections, fractures and chips, injuries to the teeth area, and removals.
Root Canal Therapy
Root canal therapy is required when the tooth’s nerve has been affected by decay or infection. To save the tooth, the pulp, nerves, and any bacteria are removed. The resulting space is filled with a special medicated material to restore the tooth.
A root canal treatment helps patients keep a tooth that would otherwise die. Extracting the tooth can be more costly in the event that the tooth has to be replaced. Root canal treatment is highly successful and can last your entire lifetime. On occasion, a tooth may need to be retreated due to new infections.
How is a root canal performed?
A root canal procedure requires one or more appointments. While numb, a rubber dam is wrapped around the tooth to keep it dry and free from saliva. An access opening is created and the tooth pulp is carefully removed. Once cleaned, it is sealed with either a permanent or temporary filling.
On the second appointment, the tooth and root are filled with the special dental material. A filling covers the opening and a crown will be placed to protect the tooth from further damage.
After treatment, you may experience some sensitivity while the tooth heals. You will be given proper care instructions from your dentist. Like your natural teeth, proper oral care is required. Call us to book your treatment today.