Experienced In Endodontics And Root Canals
Wouldn’t it be great if your teeth could last a lifetime? With good oral hygiene and the expertise of dental professionals, you can keep your natural teeth healthy, so your teeth can last a lifetime. Too often, however, tooth pain is ignored, and minor oral health issues become more complex and more costly.
Endodontics is the area of dentistry that specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of tooth pain and problems that affect the tooth’s root(s). An endodontist is a dental professional whose goals are to relieve tooth pain, stop bacterial infections of the innermost tooth structures, and save teeth.
Endodontists focus on dental pulp – blood vessels, nerves, and connective tissue that run deep inside the tooth – and on root canal treatment. When bacteria enter a cavity or tooth fracture and travel deep inside the tooth to its root(s), dental pulp becomes infected or inflamed. This causes tooth pain (sensitivity). Without treatment, tooth loss is possible.
In addition to root canal treatment, endodontists perform endodontic retreatments, endodontic surgeries, dental implants, and treat traumatic dental injuries, such as chipped or dislodged teeth.
Root Canal Treatment
The most common procedure performed by endodontists is root canal treatment. The following steps outline the procedure:
Local anesthesia is used to numb the affected areas.
A dental dam is placed to isolate the tooth, protecting both the isolated tooth and rest of the mouth from bacteria.
A small opening is made in the tooth’s crown to allow for access to the pulp chamber and root canals.
A tiny instrument removes the infected pulp tissue and nerve.
The pulp chamber and root canals are cleaned, shaped, and then filled with a rubber-like substance.
A temporary filling or crown closes the opening until the permanent restoration is placed.
If you are experiencing persistent tooth or mouth pain, call our dental experts at Vienna Family Dentistry & Implant Center to assess and diagnose the problem and discuss which treatment options are right for you.