Endodontic Dentistry is related to the field of dentistry related with tooth pulp and pulp problems. Damage to teeth, such as cracks or deep cavities, can reach down to the nerve tissue and blood vessels residing in the soft pulp of the tooth. Damage to the pulp can lead to painful swelling, damage to the jaw bones or muscles, and the formation of abscesses. If left unchecked, this could lead to loss of tooth or tooth removal.
Damaged pulp once led to the removal of the tooth. With today's advancement, however, dentists use a procedure called a root canal to restore and protect the tooth's nerves and blood vessels hence saving the tooth.
The primary goal of endodontic treatment is to create an environment within the root canal system which allows for healing and continued maintenance of the health of periradicular tissue. A successful procedure is one which has removed bacteria in the tooth and completely filled the canals.
At our dental clinic, modern technological machines and units such as Endodontic Miscroscope, Root Locator, Endodontic Micromotor, Endodontic Obturation System are utilized to provide better prognosis, increase safety and increase the long term success rate. See more on our endodontic technologies.
Benefits of Endodontic Treatment
- Removal of bacterial infection from tooth
- Removal of pain
- Prevention of further spread of infection throughout tooth to periapical tissue and surrounding bone
Procedure for Endodontic Treatment
- First Evaluation and endodontic tooth preparation
- a small x-ray of the tooth is taken to check the tooth shape and root canals infection site
- local anthesia is administered at the infected site
- a canal is made in tooth to allow for removal of the damaged pulp
- Clean root canal and pulp chamber
- root canal may be cleaned once or several times to ensure infection is cleared
- in some cases, medications may be placed to prevent infection by removing germs from the teeth
- Root Filling
- after root canal is check and cleared, the root canal is filled
- Post and core
- the tooth tends to be fragile after root canal treatment has been done, a post and core build-up followed by a crown is usually done placed over the root canal treated teeth to provide extra strength and protection
- Proper oral care and regular dental visits ensure that the treated tooth remains healthy
For the first few days following the completion of treatment, the tooth may feel sensitive due to natural tissue inflammation, especially if there was pain or infection before the procedure. This sensitivity or discomfort usually can be controlled with over-the-counter pain medications. Most patients can return to their normal activities the next day.
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