Endodontics is the special study of the inner pulp of the tooth. Every one of your teeth has a small inner pulp that houses the nerves and blood supply essential for keeping the tooth vital and healthy. Over time and because of certain factors, this pulp can become decayed and compromised. Endodontic treatment works to treat, remove and retreat this pulp as necessary.
Endodontic treatment may be needed if you are having problems with the pulp, or nerve, of your tooth. In some cases, a simple root canal is needed to remove the pulp and prevent infection. However, certain conditions may require re-treatment of the tooth that had a root canal. If an infection is present underneath the tooth even without the pulp in place, a surgery known as an apicoectomy is required.
To determine if you need endodontic treatment, we will perform an examination on your teeth. X-rays and other special images enable us to get a closeup view of the teeth and the inner pulp. We can identify areas that are problematic or infected. If it’s found that you need endodontic treatment, we will create a treatment plan specific to your needs.
Your endodontic appointment typically begins with x-rays, an exam and a consultation. In many cases, you might have been referred to our office from your regular dentist. In this case, we will perform our own exam and present you with our findings. If treatment is needed, we will work with your schedule to ensure that your next appointment is convenient for you. Endodontic treatment is essential for tooth preservation, as it helps to prevent the tooth from being fully extracted. Endodontic treatment can be provided to patients of all ages and is important when it comes to your future dental health and well-being.
If you think you need endodontic treatment and want to learn more, call us today and we will be happy to provide you with further information.