At Berker’s Family Dentistry, we understand the importance of a healthy smile. That’s why we offer many dental services, especially including endodontics, to keep your oral health intact.
Endodontic Procedures are often taken as a tough job, but they help us avoid the extraction of teeth and save our teeth with better procedures.
In this blog, let us help you understand what you should expect and the procedures.
What is Endodontics?
Endodontics is a special branch of dentist practice that aligns its focus on the diagnosis and treatment of diseases that are related to the tooth pulp and all tissues surrounding the tooth roots.
You must be thinking, PULP? So the pulp is a soft tissue inside of our tooth that has the blood vessels and nerves. If that pulp is swollen or inflamed, you will experience pain, tooth loss, and sensitivity.
Endodontic Procedures help to remove the infected pulp and save the tooth from extreme pain or removal.
Most Common Endodontic Procedures:
- Root Canal Therapy: One of the most common Endodontic Procedures is Root canal Therapy. This procedure is used when there is a last chance left to save the teeth.During a root canal, our endodontist will cut out a small opening in the crown of the tooth to carefully check the pulp chamber. Then they will remove any infected pulp and disinfect the pulp area and the tooth to save you from further infection spreads.The tooth will be now filled with a dental material (usually, it is a thermoplastic material like gutta percha or resin material that’s acid etched.) and sealed pack again. It usually takes one to two appointments to complete the procedure.
This treatment is usually a very successful procedure. In fact, the success rate of root canal is above 95%.
- Apicoectomy: We perform this procedure only when the infection is at the tip of the tooth root after a root canal. The endodontist will make a small incision in your gum tissue to access the tip.
Now the infected tissue will be removed, and the end of the root will be sealed with a special filling material. An apicoectomy is usually performed in one appointment. The success rate of apicoectomy is over 90%.
- Cracked Tooth Treatment: You can feel pain, sensitivity, or even infection with a cracked tooth. Endodontists repair cracked teeth using various techniques like crowns or bonding. Sometimes, even a root canal might be needed to save the tooth.
- Trauma Treatment: Teeth trauma can lead to infection or inflammation. Endodontists treat trauma using various techniques like root canal therapy or pulp capping. It depends on the severity of the trauma caused.
Benefits of Endodontic Treatment:
There are many benefits to going for an endodontic treatment, including:
- Many people directly go for extracting the teeth. Endodontic treatments can save them from extraction.
- Endodontic Procedures can help you get relief from extreme pain and discomfort that may occur due to inflammation or infection of your teeth.
- Saving teeth can improve your oral health by saving your teeth from shifting and causing problems while biting food.
- Restoring the function of your teeth, and allowing you to eat properly and speak without discomfort are many other benefits of endodontic treatments.
What to Expect During Endodontic Treatment:
You will be awake and be aware of the procedure going on while staying comfortable as you will be given local anesthesia when Endodontic Procedures are being performed.
The specific steps involved may vary based on the type of procedure they are doing, but you can expect these in almost all of them:
- Cleaning and disinfecting your teeth area is a must for the procedures.
- They will cut open to access the pulp chamber around the infected tooth.
- The infected pulp will be removed from the chamber.
- The insides of the tooth will also be cleaned and disinfected.
- They will seal the tooth area with a special sealing material.
- You may be given antibiotics after the procedure is completed to prevent further infection spread.
Additional Endodontic Procedures
In addition to the 4 methods mentioned above, the Endodontic Procedure may also have many other forms of procedures under it, such as;
- Internal Resorption
- External resorption
- Periradicular surgery
These procedures are less popular than the 4 mentioned above and are usually performed when the above 4 have failed in some way.
There is no reason to fear Endodontic procedures. Instead of going for a permanent pull, Endodontic Procedures can prove to be a valuable tool for saving teeth and your oral health.
If you are experiencing pain, sensitivity, or other symptoms of a damaged or infected tooth, Please Contact Berker’s Family Dentistry to schedule an appointment. We will work with you to determine the best course of treatment and help you get back to smiling broadly again.
All the procedures are carried out carefully by our experts. We care for you, and we thrive when you have the perfect smile.