An endodontist is a little different than your average dentist. These specialists are highly skilled in saving teeth, especially when it comes to the core of your teeth – dental pulp! Endodontists have extensive training and experience in the maintenance and treatment of the inner tissue of your teeth.
Signs for Endodontic Treatment
How will you know if you need to visit an endodontist for root canal therapy? If you’ve been experiencing prolonged, extreme sensitivity to temperature, sensitivity to touch, or swollen lymph nodes, these can all be signs it’s time to visit our dental office in Pembroke Pines. However, sometimes you may experience no signs or symptoms and Dr Kiani can find you need treatment from a dental X-ray at your routine oral exam.
Why get a root canal treatment?
An endodontic treatment saves a severely injured, cracked, or decayed tooth when its pulp (the soft inner tissue inside a tooth’s root canal) becomes inflamed or infected. If it is not treated promptly, pain or a tooth abscess (infection) results. Endodontic treatment is also known as a “root canal.”
Root canal treatment is completed in one or two office visits, depending on the presence of infection and the required treatment plan. After restoration, the tooth continues to function like any other tooth. With good oral hygiene, the restored tooth has the potential to last a lifetime.
What is a root canal treatment?
Root canal treatment involves the removal of the diseased pulp along with the tooth’s nerve (located within a tooth’s root canal). The pulp chamber and root canal(s) of your tooth are then cleaned, medicated and sealed. A dental crown or other restorative treatment is used to protect and strengthen the tooth.
What happens after I am diagnosed?
After reviewing a Digital X-ray of your tooth, your endodontist will thoroughly examine your teeth, gums and supporting bone structure, recommend a treatment plan, discuss it with you, and answer your questions. If a root canal is needed:
- A local anesthetic is applied to the affected tooth and surrounding area
- A small, protective sheet called a “dental dam” is used to isolate the tooth to keep it clean and free of saliva during your procedure
- An opening is made in the top of the tooth and your endodontist will remove the soft pulp and nerve and then shape the interior for filling
- The root canal is cleaned, medicated, and filled with a rubber-like biocompatible material (gutta percha)
- A temporary filling is placed pending your return to your general dentist
- Your general dentist will then place a permanent restoration, such as a crown, to protect the tooth
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