What is endodontics?
Endodontics or root canal therapy is a procedure whereby the pulp is removed from a tooth damaged or dead and the tooth is cleaned, filled and sealed. The pulp is deep in the tooth and contains blood vessels and nerves, standing in the middle of the tooth root and communicating with the jawbone.
When is a root canal needed?
A root canal treatment is needed when the tooth’s pulp is infected or inflamed. The procedure removes the pulp and the tooth is cleaned and sealed to protect the tooth.
Symptoms for endodontics
Tooth discoloration, darkening or pain appears to hot and cold stimuli in a decayed tooth. There may be a history of trauma to the tooth or trauma after a tooth restoration.
A thorough examination together with dental X-rays will allow your dentist to determine the source of pain, trauma or infection is and if a root canal treatment is the best solution.
The dentist will start by preparing, isolating and numbing the part or region of the affected tooth. Then, the dentist makes the smallest possible opening to expose dental root canal and the damaged pulp. The pulp is extracted and the tooth will be cleaned in a thoroughly manner. Once the tooth is perfectly cleaned, it is filled with a dental filling and sealed with a dental crown.
Even with proper endodontic treatment, the treatment can fail. There can be multiple factors that can affect a root canal treatment to be unsuccessful such as vertical fracture, overfilling, or that the existing infection was not completely removed. If the treatment was unsuccessfull, it will require additional treatment.
Do you think you need a root canal? Call Coral Springs Smiles at (954) 757-5353 to discuss your options. Dr. Anand is glad to help you with your dental needs.