Endodontics is the dental specialty that deals with the nerves, or pulp, of your teeth.
2. Root Canal Therapy
Root canal therapy, often referred to as a “Root Canal”, is likely the most well-known endodontic procedure, and is required when the pulp of a tooth has become infected. Left untreated, a tooth infected in this manner can cause more serious issues that result in loss of bone in the jaw.
The affected area will be numbed with local anesthetic before your dentist drills down to the infected pulp. The tissue will be removed, allowing the canal to be sanitized before being filled with sealant. It is considered the standard of care to fit a crown on top of the tooth because it can become brittle and break.
“Root canal” has been an intimidating term in the past, but recent advances in technology have rendered the procedure much quicker, easier, and less scary.
Most teeth that undergo root canal therapy will go on to last a lifetime, but a very small percentage might fail to heal properly. Retreatment may be required if the original procedure proves unsuccessful, or if new problems arise with the tooth, such as a fracture or new decay. It’s important to contact us if you feel you may be having issues with a tooth that has undergone root canal therapy.
The procedure for retreatment is almost identical to the initial treatment, and your dentist will keep you apprised of any changes.