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
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 endodontic technologies such as endodontic microscope, root locator, endodontic micromotor, endodontic obturation systems are utilized to provide better prognosis, increase safety and increase the long term success rate.
For the first few days following the completion of treatment, your 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.
When nerve tissue or pulp is damaged, it breaks down and bacteria begin to multiply within the pulp chamber. The bacteria and other decayed debris can cause an infection or abscessed tooth. An abscess is a pus-filled pocket that forms at the end of the roots of the tooth. An abscess occurs when the infection spreads all the way past the ends of the roots of the tooth. In addition to an abscess, an infection in the root canal of a tooth can cause:
Nerve and pulp can become irritated, inflamed and infected due to deep decay, large fillings, a crack or chip in the tooth, or trauma to the face.
Sometimes no symptoms are present. However, signs to look for include:
Despite your dentist’s best efforts to clean and seal a tooth, new infections might emerge. Among the likely reasons for this include:
Sometimes retreatment can be successful, other times endodontic surgery must be tried in order to save the tooth. The most common endodontic surgical procedure is an apicoectomy or root-end resection. This procedure relieves the inflammation or infection in the bony area around the end of your tooth that continues after endodontic treatment. In this procedure, the gum tissue is opened, the infected tissue is removed, and sometimes the very end of the root is removed. A small filling may be placed to seal the root canal.
Saving your natural teeth is the very best option, if possible. Your natural teeth allow you to eat a wide variety of foods necessary to maintain proper nutrition. The root canal procedure is the treatment of choice.
The only alternative to a root canal procedure is having the tooth extracted and replaced with a bridge, implant, or removable partial denture to restore chewing function and prevent adjacent teeth from shifting.
Endodontics relates to the treatment of diseased tooth roots. Toothaches and infection in the tooth root region is cleaned with endodontic treatments. At BIDC, advance endodontic technologies are used to aid and guide endodontists or root canal specialists in the narrow spaces to successfully remove tooth root bacteria.
Root canal treatment is typically able to preserve the life of an infected existing tooth and resolve toothaches. However, this does not mean that tooth infection may not re-occur. After root canal treatment is completed, teeth can become fragile. It is recommended that a post, core buildup and dental crown is done following the completion of root canal treatment to protect your tooth in the long run.