Root Canal Therapy
An Endodontist is a licensed Dentist that has continued at least two more years, of advanced specialized education focusing on treating the pulp (the tissue inside the root channel or canal) and surrounding tissue of teeth. When you view your own tooth in the mirror, you are seeing the crown of the tooth. The portion below the gum line, is the called, the root. The outermost, hard tissue layer of the root is called the dentin , and inside the root is a channel or canal containing soft tissue, blood vessels, and nerves, called pulp. Bacteria can invade into the pulp as a result of tooth decay, gum disease, tooth fracture, or other problems, and can damage the pulp itself. When that occurs, an Endodontist removes he diseased pulp to save the tooth and prevent further infection and inflammation. After successful treatment, the tooth functions normally.
If your endodontically treated tooth has not healed or has developed new problems, you have the option of another procedure called endodontic surgery or apicoectomy. If endodontic retreatment is not an option due to a canal obstruction or a post being present in the canal , then endodontic surgery should be considered. Dr. Widman will open the gingival tissue near the tooth to examine the underlying bone and remove any inflamed or infected tissue. The removal of the very end of the root is called an apicoectomy. After cleaning the root end, a small biocompatible filling is placed to seal the canal. Over a period of months, the bone heals around the end of the root. Most patients return to work or other daily life activities the next day.
With proper care, even teeth that have had root canal treatment can last a lifetime. But sometimes, a tooth that has been treated doesn’t heal properly and can become painful or diseased months or even years after treatment. If your tooth failed to heal or develops new problems, you have a second chance. An additional procedure may be able to support healing and save your tooth.
Whether your tooth cracks from an injury or general wear and tear, you can experience a variety of symptoms ranging from erratic pain when you chew your food to sudden pain when your tooth is exposed to very hot or cold temperatures. In many cases, the pain may come and go and your dentist may have difficulty locating the tooth causing the discomfort.
Traumatic dental injuries often occur as a result of an accident or sports injury. The majority of these injuries are minor – chipped teeth. It’s less common to dislodge your tooth or have it knocked completely out but these injuries are more severe. Treatment depends on the type, location and severity of each injury. Regardless of the extent of the injury, your tooth requires immediate examination by a dentist or an endodontist. Sometimes, your neighboring teeth suffer an additional, unnoticed injury that can only be detected by a thorough dental exam.
- Gentle Wave Disinfection Procedure: multi-sonic irrigation process (more info)
- Digital Imaging: Reduces radiation by 90% compared to traditional x-rays
- 3D Cone Beam Computer Tomography: provides more detailed information on the tooth (watch video)
- Ultrasonic Instrumentation: Alternative to Drilling
- Operating Microscope: Enhances vision through magnification and illumination (more information)