Endodontics is recognized by the American Dental Association as a branch of dentistry that concerns the treatment of the pulp and the tooth’s surrounding tissues. The tissue underneath the tooth, hidden behind the gum line, is known as the root. The outer portion is known as dentin and the inside channel contains soft tissue, blood vessels, and nerves. With tooth decay, fracture, or periodontal disease, bacteria is introduced to these areas and can cause severe damage. An endodontic specialist can be referred to remove the diseased pulp and sustain the health of the tooth, preventing further infection and inflammation.
Some patients may be concerned about x-ray and radiation exposure. However, patients will only be exposed to less than 1/8 the amount most people receive from one chest film and 1/200 the amount received from natural sources. The benefits are simply greater than the risks.
Dental radiographs allow for greater detailed evaluation of the teeth, enabling us to see what our naked eyes cannot. It detects cavities between teeth, determine bone level, and evaluates bone health. The roots and nerves can also be evaluated to diagnose lesions or assess trauma damage.
There is no need to be concerned about an infection. The treatments adhere to the standards established by OSHA, the Centers for Disease Control and the American Dental Association. In addition, autoclave sterilization and barrier techniques are applied to eliminate any risk of infection.
Once root canal therapy has concluded, a follow-up restoration can be scheduled within a few weeks. The type of restoration will be determined during the next visit. Complications following these endodontic procedures are rare. If a problem does occur, you can contact our office and we will be available to provide assistance.