The branch of dentistry the concerns itself with root canal treatment is known as endodontics. This dental specialty involves dental pulp health. A root canal procedure is sometimes needed due to damage to the dental pulp that becomes infected or injured. Endodontists also perform procedures like pulpectomies and pulpotomies. The goal is the diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of injuries and diseases to the dental pulp.
What are Some Conditions That Can Lead to a Root Canal?
Certain forms of dental trauma can lead to a root canal. If your tooth becomes fractured or cracked, this can lead to nerve sensitivity and widen cracks that allow bacteria safe harbor within your tooth. This infection can eventually lead to a root canal.
After examining your cracked tooth to ascertain the extent of the crack, its location and other factors, we can begin your restorative treatment. In the case of extensive cracks, we may discuss extraction with you and your replacement options.
What is a Root Canal Treatment?
The root canal is one of the most commonly performed types of dental treatments. Too many people will delay having root canal treatment because they fear the discomfort that they have heard it causes. Actually, damage to a tooth left untreated is much more serious than a root canal.
The root canal treatment itself normally takes place in one visit. After we completely examine you, we will numb the treatment area. We then clear out debris and bacteria and seal the area to guard against future decay or damage.
How Does a Root Canal Save My Tooth?
Your tooth roots are somewhat like pipes in that they are hollow inside. The blood supply and nerves are located inside this hollow area. If there is an infection inside the tooth, it can lead to inflammation or infection. A root canal procedure allows us entry into these canals so that we can clean and disinfect the area to prevent further problems. Properly performed, root canal treatment will save your tooth and maintain its health.
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