Root Canal Treatment
Root canal treatment is an often a straightforward procedure if modern endodontic techniques (microscope, rubber dam, cone beam and digital radiography) are used to diagnose, treat and relieve dental pain to save your teeth.
Patients typically need a root canal when there is inflammation or infection in the roots of a tooth. During root canal treatment, our endodontists who specialize in performing root canal’s carefully remove the tissue inside the tooth, cleans, disinfects, shapes the root canals, and places a filling to seal the space.
During retreatment, the endodontist will reopen your tooth and remove the filling materials that were placed in the root canals during the first procedure. The endodontist then carefully examines the tooth, looking for additional canals or new infection. The endodontist then removes any infection, cleans and shapes the canals, and places new filling materials. The opening is then sealed with a temporary filling. Once the tooth heals, a new crown or other restoration is placed on the tooth to protect it.
Surgical Root Canal Treatment (Apicoectomy)
With an apicoectomy, the endodontist reflects the gum tissue near the tooth to expose the underlying bone and to remove any inflamed or infected tissue. The very end of the root (apex) is also removed.
A small filling may be placed at the apex to seal the end of the root canal, and a few stitches or sutures are placed in the gingiva to help the tissue heal properly.
Over a period of time the bone heals around the end of the root and the tooth is saved.
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 or bite down.
In most cases, with a cracked tooth, a root canal is unnecessary. As experts in diagnosis, we can properly determine the most appropriate treatment path.
If you experience these symptoms or suspect a cracked tooth, it’s best to set an appointment with Metroplex Endodontics as soon as possible.
Treatment of Traumatic Injuries
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. Sometimes, your neighboring teeth suffer an additional, unnoticed injury that can only be detected by a thorough dental exam.
Regardless of how the trauma occurred, it is extremely important to see an endodontist as soon as possible to prevent further complications and possible tooth loss.
We are here to save your smile so don’t put these injuries off, book an appointment today!