Endodontics is a dental specialty that focuses on treating the pulp at the center of the tooth as well as the tissues surrounding the roots of the tooth. The goal of endodontics is to save your natural teeth, rather than turning to extraction to remove them. Our endodontic procedures include:
Root Canals (Endodontic Treatment)
Root canals, also known as endodontic treatment, are the most well known endodontic procedure. They are used whenever damage or infection has reached the pulp (nerve) of the tooth. During a root canal, the infected pulp is removed from the inside of the tooth. Next, the tooth chamber is cleaned thoroughly and an antimicrobial solution is applied in order to prevent reinfection. The removed pulp is replaced with a rubber-like substance to fill the chamber, and then a dental crown, filling, inlay, or onlay is used to seal the tooth, restoring its function and appearance.
Root canals have a very high success rate, but there are times when teeth may become reinfected months or even years after the procedure. When this occurs, we can use endodontic retreatment to save the tooth. During this procedure, we remove the restoration that covered the tooth, take out the rubber-like filling in the chamber, and clean the inside of the tooth again. After applying an antimicrobial solution and re-filling the chamber, a new restoration is used to seal the tooth.
Tooth Pain Treatment
If you are experiencing unexplained tooth pain or sensitivity to hot or cold foods, it may be due to a cracked or fractured tooth or other issues in the pulp or root. We can help diagnose the cause and determine the best course of treatment.
Tooth Trauma Treatment
Whether a tooth has been knocked out or broken, we can repair damage resulting from accidents and facial trauma. Because the roots of the teeth are sensitive, it’s important to get prompt treatment for best results.
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