Endodontics is the specialized field of study that involves the dental pulp. The dental pulp is in the center of the tooth and houses the blood supply and nerves to the tooth. When infected or compromised, this pulp needs to be removed via root canal therapy. Through endodontic procedures, we here are Riverwalk Dental preserve tooth function by treating or removing these tissues and cells as necessary. We offer many endodontic procedures specific to your own personal dental needs.
Why would Endodontics, or Root Canals be needed?
Most often, endodontic-specific procedures are necessary if the inner pulp of the tooth has become severely infected or has been compromised. The treatment normally involves full or even partial removal of the pulp as needed. X-rays and special imaging are required to determine how much the pulp has been impacted. Endodontic treatment is customized to each individual patient seeking care.
What procedures are involved in Endodontics?
The field of endodontics is relatively vast and varies from one patient to another. With the help of a consultation and exam, we can determine if an endodontic-specific procedure is needed. Some of the most common procedures performed include:
- Root Canals– removal of the inner pulp of the tooth that causes pain during infection
- Apicoectomy– which is when a root canal has occurred and , even after root canal treatment, infected tissue can remain in these branches. The root tip, or apex, will then have to be removed along with the infected tissue. A filling is then placed to seal the end of the root
- Dental Implants- artificial tooth roots that are placed in the jawbone to support artificial teeth
- Endodontic Retreatment- sometimes it’s possible that a tooth that has undergone a root canal may heal improperly and require an additional treatment.
- Periapical Abscess Treatment – a collection of pus at the root of a tooth, usually caused by an infection that has spread from a tooth to the surrounding tissues
What happens during the procedure involving Endodontics?
In order to determine if you need endodontic treatment, you’ll need to come into the office for an exam and thorough consultation. X-rays and a variety of other images may be required to help us determine what type of treatment is necessary. Our goal is to provide you with endodontic treatment that is specific to your needs. We can then schedule you to come in and have the procedure done. Because each individual procedure varies, we will discuss what to expect when having treatment completed in our office. At every step of your appointment, we will ensure that you are relaxed and comfortable. We aim to keep your visit with us as fear-free and inviting as possible and will do everything in our power to keep you satisfied with the work being done.
If you’re interested in endodontics and want to learn more about your treatment options, call our office today and we will work to get you in for an appointment.