Endodontics is a dental specialty that deals with the nerves and tissues of the teeth and the dental pulp, which is located in the tooth and made up of nerves and blood vessels. Endodontists examine, diagnose, and treat dental pulp issues.
What Happens During an Endodontic Procedure?
Our dentist will first numb your tooth so you don't feel anything. Then, he will make a small hole in your tooth to access the pulp and root of the tooth. Using small instruments, the dentist will remove the infected tissue and clean the inside of the tooth thoroughly. The tooth is cleaned and filled, and then the hole is sealed. Finally, a dental crown will be placed over the treated tooth to protect it from future damage.
How Can I Tell if I Need Endodontic Treatment?
A tooth that needs a root canal can cause spontaneous pain even when you aren't eating or drinking anything. Sometimes, it will cause intensified pain when exposed to heat or cold or when you eat something. You may notice swelling, pus, or blood in the gums around the painful tooth.
What Are the Advantages of Endodontic Treatment?
Through root canal therapy, the dentist can restore an infected tooth to its full function and health. This treatment also helps prevent further decay or infection from occurring in the future when combined with a crown to stabilize the tooth long-term.
How Can I Prevent the Need for Endodontic Treatment?
In order to prevent the need for endodontic treatment, follow the steps below:
- Practice good oral hygiene at home. This means brushing your teeth at least twice a day, flossing, and using an antibacterial mouthwash.
- Visit your dentist for regular cleanings and checkups. Your dentist will clean your teeth thoroughly, removing any plaque and tartar buildup. Your dentist will also check your teeth for early signs of decay, gum disease, and other common oral health problems.
- If your dentist finds a problem, follow their recommendation for early treatment.
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