What is endodontics?
Endodontics is a medical specialty that focuses on dental concerns involving damage or injury to structures within the tooth, such as the dental pulp or root. Dental specialists trained in the field of endodontics are dedicated and proficient in methods for saving teeth as well as assessing and diagnosing tooth pain.
The most well-known endodontic treatment is a root canal. However, endodontics can also include other treatment options, including treatment of certain dental injuries and placement of dental implants. Endodontic treatment is usually only recommended if and where conservative treatment options would be ineffective.
At Cedar Mountain Dental, our trained dental staff take the time to carefully assess every patient’s dental needs to determine if endodontic therapy is the most appropriate treatment route. To learn more about endodontic treatment and to help determine if your tooth requires endodontic treatment, speak with our dental staff today.
When is endodontic therapy needed?
Endodontic therapy is usually needed in emergency dental cases, mainly when a tooth or teeth need to be saved and alternative treatment options have failed or are not an option. Reasons for endodontic treatment may include:
- Salvaging a damaged or infected tooth from potential extraction
- Preventing the spread of infection or further complications
- Preserving the health of the affected tooth and surrounding teeth and structures
- Retreating a tooth after a root canal procedure
- Identifying fractures or canals not located during an initial root canal therapy
You may require endodontic treatment if you are experiencing any of the following:
- Tooth pain when chewing, talking, or when at rest
- Tooth sensitivity to hot or cold foods/beverages
- Dental injury or trauma
- Swelling of the gums, face, or other surrounding areas
What does endodontic therapy involve?
Depending on your dental needs, endodontic treatment may vary. In general, endodontic surgery involves specialized methods that can help save a tooth that is damaged inside. One common endodontic treatment is root canal therapy, which involves the removal of infection from the pulp or root within a damaged or decaying tooth. Once the root canal is complete, your dentist can restore the tooth, either with a crown or another dental restoration procedure. When a root canal is not enough to treat or save the tooth, another type of endodontic therapy known as an apicoectomy can be performed. Apicoectomy surgery involves your dentist carefully removing and sealing the top of the affected root.
What are the benefits of endodontic therapy?
If you are suffering from tooth pain or injury to your tooth, endodontic treatment, such as a root canal or apicoectomy, can help your dentist diagnose, treat, and save your tooth from further damage or extraction. Benefits of endodontic therapy may include:
- Preservation of smile and bite
- Maintained dental health
- Removal of infection
- Pain relief
If you are interested in endodontic therapy, a consultation with one of our dental experts may be the first step toward a brighter, happier, healthier-appearing smile. At Cedar Mountain Dental, our staff utilizes the latest state-of-the-art technology to prevent, diagnose, and treat dental conditions. With over 30 years of dental expertise, our knowledgeable and caring dental staff is committed to delivering high-quality patient care and creating meaningful patient relationships that last. To schedule your teeth whitening consultation call (860) 667-2600 or fill out the form on this page to schedule an appointment.