Endodontics

An endodontic treatment saves a severely injured or decayed tooth when its pulp becomes infected or inflamed. If it is not treated promptly, tooth abscess or pain may result. Endodontic treatments are also known as “root canals.”

We perform root canal treatment and other procedures to treat the inner tooth and roots. Our endodontic services aim to save the patient’s natural teeth by restoring dental health and function. After restoration, the tooth continues to function adequately like any other tooth and with good oral hygiene; the restored tooth can last as long any other tooth.

What is root canal treatment?

Root canal treatment cares for infected or decayed teeth. During a root canal treatment, the blood supply and nerves of the tooth are removed. Then the tooth is usually cleaned, medicated, and sealed, or is specially shaped and covered with an artificial tooth called crown.

If the tooth is left untreated, inflammation or infection can cause pain or further damage to the teeth and gums.

What are some common symptoms?

Please see your dentist if you have any of these symptoms:

  • Tooth or gum pain,
  • Tooth discoloration
  • Prolonged sensitivity to cold or heat
  • Swelling or tenderness in your jaw

Sometimes you may require an endodontic treatment without having any warning signs.

After I’m diagnosed, what next?

Our endodontist will review a digital x-ray of your tooth and thoroughly examine your gums, teeth, and supporting bone structure. After that, he will recommend a suitable treatment plan and discuss it with you.

Is the treatment procedure painful?

With modern techniques and technology, most of our patients are comfortable during treatment procedures.

However, any discomfort can be relieved with prescribed medications, so please do well to follow the endodontist’s instructions.

Will the treated tooth need any special care?

After the treatment, and you have a permanent filling or crown, all you have to do is to practice good oral hygiene and go for regular checkups continually.

Bear in mind that most treated teeth last as long as other natural teeth.

In a few cases, where a tooth that has undergone endodontic treatment does not heal, the tooth may become diseased or painful for months or even years after treatment.

When this occurs, the endodontic procedure may need to be repeated to save the tooth.

Can all infected teeth be treated?

Occasionally, a tooth can’t be saved if the root canals are not accessible this could be because the root is severely fractured or the tooth doesn’t have adequate bone support or the tooth cannot be restored.

However, discoveries in endodontics are making it possible to save teeth that a few years ago would have been lost. When endodontic treatment is not effective, an endodontic surgery may be required to save the tooth.