What is Endodontic Care?
Endodontic care is a sub-field of dentistry concerned with the roots and nerves of your teeth. If the pulp of a patient’s tooth becomes infected or is injured it will need endodontic care. Often the tooth is very painful. If the infection is not treated it will usually result in pain, an abscess and the eventual loss of the tooth. The most common procedure in Endodontics is root canal therapy treatment which involves opening up small canals in the root of the tooth, the elimination of infection and the protection of the decontaminated tooth from future microbial infection.
Other Endodontic treatments include Apicoectomy, which is when Endodontists or a dentist removes a tooth’s root tip and replaces it with a filling material that is biocompatible.
Signs You Need Endodontic Treatment
There are several signs to look for when you need to have your teeth evaluated for possible infection of the root:
- Serious tooth decay
- constant tooth pain
- swollen gums
- a “pimple-like”fistula (abscess) on the surrounding gum tissue next to the tooth that has a lot of decay
- a tooth that has a fracture or cracked teeth
- dental sensitivity to hot and cold
- a sports traumatic injury to the mouth
- Injury to a child’s developing tooth
If you’re suffering from pain or sensitivity in one or more teeth, let us help you relieve the discomfort before an extraction is necessary.
For more information about root canal therapy, or if you would like to schedule a consultation with Dr. Laskis, please contact us today.
Root Canal Therapy in Fountain HillsA root canal is designed to treat an infection of the pulp—the inner tooth and nerves. The pulp can become infected as a result of numerous causes, including untreated cavities or damage that develops after a break, chip, or injury. These nerves send signals to the brain to warn you of the infection that are translated as pain and sensitivity, which can make eating and normal activities difficult. Furthermore, if left untreated, an abscess may form, which can lead to more significant health problems and extreme discomfort.Learn More