What is Endodontics?
Endodontics is a specialized form of dentistry that focuses primarily on the inside of the tooth. A tooth contains multiple layers, so the inside, or pulp, of the tooth is generally protected. However, if the enamel and dentin layers wear down due to tooth decay or other issues, the pulp becomes exposed and particularly susceptible to sustaining damage. In these situations, it is often important to seek the services of a professional to most effectively deal with the issue. Endodontists are commonly consulted to perform an array of services, including root canals, endodontic retreatment surgery, and cracks in the teeth.
Root Canal Treatment
When the enamel and dentin layers of the teeth become worn down or damaged due to injury, they leave the pulp of the tooth vulnerable to damage. When the pulp becomes infected or inflamed, the tooth may require a root canal to prevent the damage from the tooth escalating. This process involves removing the pulp from the tooth, disinfecting the cavity within the tooth, followed by filling it and protecting it with a crown. With advanced decay, a root canal may be the only option available for saving a tooth and preventing the need for an extraction.
In some cases, a tooth that has been treated with a root canal will have an issue resurface. In these situations, another root canal can’t be performed, as the pulp has already been removed. Endodontic retreatment follows many of the same processes as a root canal, but is used to help restore teeth that have been infected after receiving a root canal. They involve reopening the tooth, removing the filling, and clearing the infection from the tooth. The tooth is then filled again and covered with a crown or other restoration method. These treatments help to provide a second chance for teeth that become infected after already being treated with root canal therapy.
These are just a few valuable endodontic treatments. Ultimately, endodontics is a specialized form of dentistry. Endodontists are required to complete several more years at a university than a dentist, in order to ensure that they can provide superior services to protect the health of your teeth. To learn more about endodontics, contact us at David G. Johnson DDS, PC today!