Endodontics is the specialty dealing with the roots of the teeth. The most common endodontic therapy is a root canal, which involves removing the infected pulp and then filling the canal where the pulp once was. The dental pulp is the soft tissue, nerves and blood vessels inside the tooth. When the pulp becomes infected, root canal therapy can save the tooth; without a root canal, the infection will spread and eventually the tooth will fall out, requiring more costly dental implants or bridges to repair your bite. After a root canal, the tooth is dead because the nerve tissue and blood supply to the tooth have been removed. Over time, this causes the tooth to become brittle, a filling and crown are necessary to protect the tooth from cracking.
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Root Canal Therapy
Historically, root canals have gotten a bad rap, but the good news is that advances in dental technology have made it much less painful and "scary" with more than a 95% success rate. When a tooth becomes infected or abscessed, severely decayed or injured, or a nerve is damaged, you may need a root canal. Symptoms of infection include:
- Painful chewing
- Heat/cold sensitivity
- Tooth discoloration
- Gum swelling, tenderness
- Or no symptoms; only a dental exam will discover it
Left untreated, a root canal infection can cause swelling in the face or neck, tooth loss, and infection draining into the gums, cheek, skin and even into your bloodstream. The only alternative to a root canal is having the tooth extracted and replaced with a bridge, implant, or partial denture which can be far more expensive and time-consuming than a root canal. Floss City Dental can help you determine the best way to save your tooth and your smile.
Endodontic retreatment is essentially a procedure performed by a root canal specialist or endodontist. Retreatment is typically non-surgical.
Similar to a root canal, retreatment requires the dentist to regain access to the infected tooth. Once the dentist has extracted the tooth filings, they will use files to reshape the tooth so that it stays in place. Ultimately, the specialist will clean the root canal and the fill it back up with gutta percha.
Since more precision is needed, a dental operating microscope is the tool of choice for this procedure. Even with the latest technology, several dental visits may be required to complete the treatment.
What is an Apicoectomy?
An apicoectomy is a surgery that targets the infected or damaged tissue near a tooth’s roots. Typically, this type of surgery is needed when an infection persists or develop after a root canal or endodontic retreatment.
The reason being that infected debris may remain in the branches of the main root canal causing improper healing and re-infection of the area. Thus, the apex or root tip is removed, along with, any infected tissue. Ultimately, a filling is used to seal the end of the root.
Dental Operating Microscope
A dental operating microscope is an optical microscope that is intended to be used in procedures that require resolution well beyond the .2mm limit of the human eyes.
Typically, endodontists, periodontist, and restorative dentist are the doctors that use this device. However, an operating microscope is the tool of choice for endodontist because of the intricacy of their procedures.
Cone Beam CT Scan
A cone-beam computer Tomography Scan is a system used by dental professionals that incorporate a variation of traditional CT systems.
This device is considered to be a special x-ray machine. Typically, a cone-beam CT scan is utilized when regular dental x-rays do not provide sufficient data.
Essentially, this particular system rotates around a patient's head to capture data using a cone-shaped x-ray beam. Unlike traditional x-rays, a dental professional can use the data to reconstruct a three-dimensional (3D) image of a patient’s teeth, nerve pathways, soft tissues, and bone.
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