Endodontics is a dental specialty that deals primarily with the dental pulp, tooth nerve and issues dealing with the root of the tooth. People are most familiar with root canals, the most common endodontic procedure. Other endodontic procedures include the treatment of cracked teeth and dental trauma.
What is a Root Canal?
Root Canal is a treatment used to save and repair a tooth that is badly decayed and infected. It is a conservative procedure used to save a natural tooth to avoid dental implants and/or bridges.
"Root canal" is the term used to describe the natural cavity within the center of the tooth. Below the hard exterior surface of the tooth lies the pulp or pulp chamber which is pulp the soft area within the root canal that is made of up of cells and connective tissue.
How is Root Canal Done?
A root canal involves the removal of the infected dental pulp and sealing of the root canal. This generally involves the use of local anesthesia. Modern techniques have eliminated a lot of the discomfort that has previously been associated with root canals.
Am I a Candidate for Root Canal?
Tooth cracks, trauma, and decay can sometimes cause infection and irritation of the dental, resulting in the need for a root canal. During a root canal procedure, the nerve and pulp tissue are removed and the inside of the tooth is cleaned and sealed. Without treatment, the tissue around the tooth could become infected and cause an abscess.
Sometimes no symptoms are present; however, the number one symptom of an infection of the root is pain. Some signs that you may need a root canal include:
- Severe toothache pain upon chewing or application of pressure
- Prolonged sensitivity/pain to het or cold temperatures (after the hot or cold has been removed)
- Discoloration (a darkening) of the tooth
- Swelling and tenderness in the nearby gums
- A persistent or recurring drainage on the gums
Your doctor will assess your situation during a consultation to see if root canal therapy is right for you
How Painful is a Root Canal
Root Canal procedures have the reputation of being painful. However, most people report that the procedure itself is no more painful than having a filling placed.
After the completion of your root canal, the final step may involve further restoration of the tooth. Because a tooth that needed a root canal is often one that has a large filling or extensive decay or other weakness, a crown, post/core buildup and crown, or other restoration needs to be placed on the tooth to protect it.
Your restorative dentist will choose a restoration to protect your tooth, prevent it from breaking, and restore it to the full function . Because we have multiple specialists under one roof working together at Goldstein Garber and Salama, this process is expedited. To maintain your newly reconstructed tooth, practice excellent oral hygiene and see your dentist at normally scheduled intervals.