What is endodontics?
Endodontics is a branch of dentistry involving treatment of the pulp (nerve) and surrounding tissues of the tooth. When you look at your tooth in the mirror, what you see is the crown. The rest of the tooth, the portion hidden beneath the gum line, is called the root. Though the outer portion of the root is a hard tissue called dentin, the inside channel or “root canal” contains a pulp of soft tissue, blood vessels and nerves. Bacteria that are introduced into the pulp as a result of tooth decay, periodontal disease, tooth fracture or other problems, can severely damage the pulp. When that happens, an endodontic specialist removes the diseased pulp to save the tooth and prevent further infection and inflammation. After successful endodontic treatment, the tooth continues to perform normally.
What about infection?
Again, there’s no need for concern. We adhere to rigorous standards of infection control. We use autoclave sterilization and barrier techniques to eliminate any risk of infection.
What happens after treatment?
When your root canal therapy has been completed, a record of your treatment will be sent to your restorative dentist. You should contact their office for a follow-up restoration within a two weeks of completion at our office. Your restorative dentist will decide on what type of restoration is necessary to protect your tooth. It is uncommon for endodontic patients to experience complications after routine endodontic treatment or microsurgery.
What new technologies are being used?
We use special operating microscopes. Magnification and fiber optic illumination aid the doctor to see tiny details inside your tooth. Also, a tiny video camera on the operating microscope can record images of your tooth to further document the doctor’s findings.