What is endodontics?
Endodontics is a branch of dentistry recognized by the American Dental Association involving treatment of the pulp (root canal) and surrounding tissues of the tooth and root. When you look at your tooth in the mirror, you see the crown. The rest of the tooth, the portion hidden beneath the gum line, is called the root. Though the outer portions of the root are hard tissues called cementum and dentin, the inside channel or “root canal” contains a pulp of soft tissue, blood vessels and nerves. Bacteria that are introduced into the pulp as a result of tooth decay, periodontal disease, tooth fracture or other problems, can severely damage the pulp. When that happens, an endodontic specialist removes the diseased pulp to save the tooth and prevent further infection and inflammation. After successful endodontic treatment, the tooth continues to perform normally.
I’m worried about x-rays. Should I be?
No. While x-rays will be necessary during your treatment, we use an advanced non-film computerized system, called digital radiography. This system produces radiation levels up to 90% lower than those of low dose conventional dental x-ray equipment. These digital images can be optimized, archived, printed and sent to other providers via e-mail.
What happens after treatment?
When your root canal therapy has been completed, a record of your treatment will be sent to your general dentist. You should contact your general dentists office for a restoration within two weeks of completion at our office. Your restorative dentist will decide on what type of restoration is necessary to protect your tooth. It is rare for endodontic patients to experience complications after routine endodontic treatment or microsurgery. If a problem does occur, however, we are available at all times to respond.
What new technologies are being used?
Our EndoCare team prides ourselves on providing Endodontic care at the forefront of innovation and technology. We employ advanced technologies to enhance the quality of care for our patients. Such advances include CBCT (Cone Beam) Technology, Operating Microscopes, Digital Radiography, Ultrasonic Instrumentation and Fiber Optic Technologies.