Endodontics or Root Canal Therapy Our primary goal is to save your natural teeth whenever possible. Our practice specializes in Endodontics, commonly referred to as root canal therapy. Endodontics is the treatment of the pulp and surrounding tissues of a tooth. When root canal therapy is performed the pulp chamber of the tooth is removed and then filled with a suitable filling material. Root canals are most often necessary when decay has reached the nerve of the tooth or the tooth has become infected. People have anywhere from 1 to 4 canals in a tooth. Extra canals may branch out and are called “accessory canals.” The number of canals and anatomy of a tooth can vary. The word “endo” comes from the Greek language and means “inside” or within. Endodontists work with the “inside” of a tooth.
Endodontic Re-treatment Occasionally a tooth that was treated months or years ago may develop new problems. In some cases a tooth that has received endodontic treatment fails to heal or continues to have pain. You may have another chance to save the tooth with a second endodontic procedure.
Endodontic or Apical Surgery In some cases it may be necessary to remove the infected root tips or apex and the nearby tissue. This is known as an apical surgery or an apicoectomy. The area around the apex of the tooth that is infected is cleaned, and the tip of the root is resected and sealed. Sutures are placed and an ice pack is applied. Medication is prescribed to help alleviate any pain or discomfort and it is best to plan to rest for the remainder of the day. Most patients will have some minor swelling and occasional bruising with some numbness.
Regenerative Endodontics Regenerative Endodontics is one of the most exciting developments in dentistry today. It uses the concept of tissue engineering to restore the root canals to a healthy state, allowing for continued development of the root canal and surrounding tissue. Endodontists are at the forefront of this latest research.
Nitrous Oxide Sedation Otherwise known as “laughing gas”, nitrous oxide is a form of “conscious sedation” that can help reduce dental anxiety. Since nitrous oxide is inhaled, it acts fast and leaves the body very quickly. The patient is awake throughout the procedure and able to drive home or back to the office to complete their day.