Endodontic dentistry deals with the roots of a tooth and the tissue inside teeth. Root canal therapy is one of the endodontic procedures offered at Digital Smiles. It is a commonly performed dental treatment that can save a natural tooth and keep dental implants or extractions from needing to be performed.
The inside of your tooth contains what is called the pulp. The pulp is a body of blood vessels and soft tissue. The pulp can be damaged by impact trauma, tooth decay, and cracks or chips which allow decay to ruin the integrity of the tooth. Cavities can more easily permeate the tooth and cause tooth decay when there are chips or cracks in the teeth. These incidences to teeth could cause infection, which could lead to many symptoms. An infection or inflammation of the pulp is referred to as pulpitis. The most common symptoms of an infected tooth pulp are swelling, sensitivity to different temperatures, toothaches, and pain.
Surgical procedures are not likely to be the first treatment recommended by your dentist. However, if the diseased pulp is damaged, root canal surgery may be the most practical step in treating pulpitis. Root canal surgery involves removing the damaged pulp, cleaning the remaining area and sealing it. Usually, root canal surgery is done under local anesthetics so that the treatment is pain-free. If complications arise before or after endodontic treatment, your dentist will ensure that you are aware of other, more severe options such as extraction and restoration. Many patients are able to drive home or to work after treatment and are able to go about their regular routine.
The endodontic specialists at Digital Smiles are proud to provide surgical and non-surgical treatment options for patients suffering from dental trauma or decay. Our first goal is always to prevent cavities by informing you of the best steps in taking care of your teeth, such as brushing, flossing, and visiting our dental office biannually. But providing comprehensive treatment to ensure that you can continue living comfortably and healthily is another primary concern of ours. We ask that if you are experiencing any of the symptoms associated with oral infections, that you do not hesitate to call our office for an appointment today.