What is Endodontics?
Endodontics is a dental specialty that focuses on root canals and the treatment of dental pulp and tissues surrounding the tooth root. Endodontic treatment is normally necessary when the dental pulp becomes inflamed or infected.
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Endodontic Treatment Options
Inflammation or infection of the tooth root can have a variety of causes including deep decay, repeated dental procedures on the tooth, or a crack or chip in the tooth. If left untreated, it can cause pain or lead to an abscess.
At Toothworks Dental Clinics, our endodontist offers the following treatments.
- Root Canal Treatment
During a root canal procedure, the endodontist removes the damaged pulp of your tooth, including blood vessels and nerves.
Next, they will thoroughly clean the space and fill it with medicated dental materials.
After a root canal, your dentist will restore the tooth with a dental filling, which is usually followed by a crown to strengthen the tooth and prevent further breakdown.
- Endodontic Retreatment
If you've already had a root canal and you're experiencing issues again, the endodontist will reopen your tooth and remove the filling that was placed during the first procedure.
The endodontist then carefully examines the tooth, looking for additional canals or new infections.
- Endodontic Surgery
Endodontic surgery can be used to locate small fractures or hidden canals previously undetected on x-rays during the initial treatment.
Surgery may also be needed to remove calcium deposits in root canals or to treat damaged root surfaces or the surrounding bone of the tooth.