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Q&A – Endodontics

What is Endodontics?

(Root Canal Therapy )

Endodontics is a highly specialized type of dental care developed to remove infected and/or damaged “nerve” tissue from the root canal system of a tooth. The purpose of root canal treatment is to retain teeth that would otherwise have to be extracted due to extensive decay, fracture, or abscess. Retaining a tooth by endodontic treatment is usually better and less expensive than extraction of the tooth and replacement with a prosthetic appliance like a denture or partial.
Since endodontic therapy is concerned with removing ONLY the injured pulp from the root canal, the tooth will continue to function normally because the supporting tissues are relatively unharmed.

Prognosis of Root Canal Therapy

No tooth will be treated unless there is an excellent chance of that tooth remaining a healthy member of the dental arch. While there is no certainty concerning healing, I expect it to occur in approximately 95% of the cases. On rare occasions, the chances of success may fall below this expectancy, or your tooth may not be amenable to endodontic treatment at all. If your tooth falls within one of these latter categories, you will be informed of this fact at the time of consultation, or when a complication becomes evident during or after treatment.
There are times when a minor surgical procedure may be indicated to preserve your tooth. This will depend on the nature of the problem existing prior to treatment, as well as the response of the involved tissues after root canal therapy. Should the need for surgery become evident before, during, or after root canal treatment, you will be so informed.

Course of Treatment

Treatment of teeth with injured pulps usually consists of an examination to determine the type of therapy needed, removal of the injured pulp, thorough cleaning and shaping of the root canal, and complete filling of the root canal system. Endodontic treatment is generally completed in one to three visits depending on the individual problems of the tooth and must be treated accordingly.
Endodontic therapy is seldom a painful experience. Much depends upon the condition of the tooth, the degree and duration of involvement, and the individual’s own body reactions. Since we have the means to control pain and discomfort, you need not be apprehensive or nervous. We shall make every effort to provide for your comfort and well-being.

Post-Operative Care

When your root canal treatment has been completed, you will need a permanent restoration for your tooth. This should be done one to two months from the time of completion of root canal therapy. I can best decide, from my considerable experience, at that time what type of restoration is necessary to protect your tooth. In many cases a full coverage crown restoration (cap) maybe recommended to prevent the tooth from fracturing.

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