What Is Endodontics?
Endodontics involves treating the pulp inside a tooth. When a tooth experiences severe decay that extends into the dentin, or when a tooth breaks, the pulp inside the tooth may become infected or inflamed. This painful condition requires prompt treatment. Endodontic treatment removes the nerve within the tooth, thus removing the source of the infection and pain.
What Is a Root Canal?
A root canal begins with opening the tooth to access the pulp. The dentist cleans the infected pulp from the root canals using a series of files. With the files, the dentist removes the remaining tissue and smooths the canal walls.
The dentist will treat the infection inside the tooth. It may take a few days to resolve. After the infection is cleared, the dentist reseals the canals with a material called gutta-percha. This material keeps contaminants out of the tooth's interior. The dentist then places a crown or filling. A crown may need a post for stability.
Dr. Avdagic uses a specialized Zeiss microscope to perform root canals when needed. This microscope allows him to view the canals' interior and remove even the smallest bits of debris—the more complete the removal, the less likely the need for root canal retreatment.
Benefits of Root Canal Therapy
The most immediate benefit of endodontic treatment is pain relief. When the pulp is infected, it can cause severe toothache, especially when biting or chewing. It can also cause heat and cold sensitivity and swelling.
Preserves the Natural Tooth
In many cases, a root canal can save a natural tooth from extraction. Clearing the infection and placing a post and crown is more economical and less invasive than dental implant surgery.
Prevents Jawbone Deterioration
Missing teeth cause the jawbone to break down over time. By helping to prevent unnecessary tooth extractions, root canals and other forms of endodontic treatment protect the jawbone.
Prevents Infections from Spreading
A severe tooth infection could spread to its neighbors. Getting a root canal promptly stops the cycle and prevents unwanted complications.
Why Choose Greater Essex Dental?
Our office provides comprehensive dental services in a friendly, welcoming atmosphere. We use high-tech equipment and materials to treat our patients effectively. We are serious about creating an optimal dental experience for our patients.
Frequently Asked Questions About Root Canals
What are the signs that I may need a root canal?
Sometimes teeth that need a root canal show no symptoms, but a dentist can diagnose them. It would help if you watched out for sensitivity to cold or heat, pain on chewing or when the tooth is touched, and tooth discoloration. You should also be aware of swelling or tenderness in your lymph nodes.
Are root canals painful?
Root canals have a negative reputation, but today, they are a straightforward procedure that does not cause discomfort.
How soon can I return to my normal activities after a root canal?
You can immediately resume normal activities like work or school. Only eat something that requires chewing after the local anesthesia has worn off.
Call Greater Essex Dental
If you are experiencing symptoms of a root canal, don't wait to call our office at 978-346-4610. We can treat you promptly, relieve pain, and restore your tooth to full function.