Many people are in the dark about endodontic therapy or what is better known as root canal treatment. The term “endodontic” containing the prefix “endo” and the suffix, “dontic” refers to the area of dentistry that treats diseases of the endodontiu or the interior part of the tooth. The main aim of Endodontics is to help save natural teeth so that it can retain all its masticatory functions and also the natural appearance of a healthy tooth.
Structure Of The Inner Tooth
The dental pulp is present in the inner tooth and this is where tiny blood vessels and nerves are stored. When the inner tooth becomes infected, extreme pain is likely. And antibiotics may be useful in certain cases, where an abscess is present but the most effective way of treating this problem is with root canal treatment. People often mistakenly think that root canal treatment is painful but this is completely untrue. There can be some discomfort following the treatment because of the tooth’s natural healing process but as with all invasive dental procedures, the localized area is numbed using a strong local anesthetic so the patient feels no pain at all.
What Does Endodontics Treat?
Endodontic therapy may be required on a tooth that has a pre-existing cavity for a long enough time causing the interior of the tooth to become affected by it. An endodontic specialist has to clean the infected tissues inside the inflamed tooth and check for complications like abscess. To clean out any infection present in the interior of the affected tooth chemical and mechanical treatment of the canal system is needed.
Endodontic therapy can be the difference between having a tooth extraction and being able to save it. This complex branch of dentistry requires dentists to undertake two years of additional schooling for specialization in this area of dentistry.
Root canal treatment requires four necessary stages including-
- opening and accessing the canals
- glide path
- root filling
Retreatment may be recommended if a previous treatment has to be corrected.
The endodontist removes the infected inner pulp and replaces it with a special type of dental filling to save the tooth rather than extracting it. Local anesthetic is used and the top of the tooth is removed to get to the infected pulp and the interior is cleaned with an antibacterial solution to make sure that the inner tooth is infection free. A special dental filling is used in the hollow tooth and a crown is attached to the tooth to give it a natural appearance. A successful root canal clears the interior of a tooth of all bacteria and prevents any future infection.
A dentist will usually recommend that you attempt to save the tooth with root canal treatment. Because when a tooth is pulled out, there is space left in your mouth causing the neighboring teeth to shift resulting in misaligned teeth. Though issues of misalignment can be solved with prosthetic tooth replacement, it is much more costly compared to endodontic therapy. With the right therapy an infected natural tooth can recover and function well & for just as long as your other healthy teeth.
Now that you are aware of what endodontic therapy is, you can take necessary steps to address any potential root canal issue. You can get root canal treatment at Provinces Dental to successfully save your natural tooth that would otherwise need to be extracted and replaced with prosthetics such as a partial denture or dental implants. Your saved tooth should work just fine in everyday use but care should be taken not to exert extra pressure on it by trying to crack a nut, or using your teeth to open a beer bottle. You must also schedule check-up visits with your dentist to ensure that the tooth heals correctly, especially if the tooth was abscessed. You can reach out to your dentist in the Gilbert, AZ area; please call Higley Park Dental at (480) 559-8098 to schedule regular cleanings in order to keep your teeth healthy.