Endodontics

saving the natural teeth

Endodontic treatment is dedicated to saving teeth that would otherwise have to be removed. The majority of this work is centered around the removal of infected tissue in the root of a tooth. If you need root canal work, have facial pain that requires diagnosis, cracked teeth that need repairing, or have an infection that is affecting the nerves or lymphatic tissues in your mouth, then you need to see an endodontist.

How Does Endodontic Treatment Save The Tooth?

During a root canal treatment, the inflamed or infected pulp is removed and the inside of the tooth is carefully cleaned and disinfected, and then filled and sealed with a rubber-like material called gutta-percha. Afterwards, the tooth is filled for protection and then crowned. After restoration, the tooth will continue to function normally.

Contrary to jokes about the matter, modern root canal treatment is very similar to having a routine filling and usually can be completed in one or two appointments; depending on the condition of your tooth and your personal circumstances. You can expect a comfortable experience during and after your appointment.

Saving The Natural Tooth With A Root Canal Treatment Has Many Advantages:

  • Efficient chewing
  • Normal biting force and sensation
  • Natural appearance
  • Protects other teeth from excessive wear or strain

Endodontic treatment helps you maintain your natural smile and limits the need for ongoing dental work. With proper care, most teeth that have had a root canal treatment can last as long as other natural teeth; often for a complete life time.