About Endodontics (Root Canal Treatment)
Endodontic treatment removes infected or damaged tissue from inside a tooth. This tissue, called the pulp, contains nerves and blood vessels that help nourish the tooth. After the pulp is removed, the pulp chamber and root canals are cleaned, disinfected, filled and sealed.
Although general dentists can perform endodontic treatment, patients are often referred to see an endodontist when the case is complicated or more difficult than usual
Why would I need endodontic treatment?
Endodontic Treatment or Root Canal Treatment is necessary when the pulp becomes inflamed or infected.
The most common reasons for inflammation or infection are deep cavities (caries), repeated dental procedures, cracks or chips. Trauma can also cause inflammation and often shows up as discoloration of the tooth.
Signs of pulp damage include pain, prolonged sensitivity to heat or cold, discoloration of the tooth, and swelling and tenderness in the nearby gums. However, sometimes you may not experience any symptoms but still be in need of endodontic treatment
If Pulp inflammation or infection is left untreated, it can cause pain or lead to an abscess.
What happens during treatment?
Endodontic treatment with Joe is usually completed over two appointments.
During the first appointment Joe will use local anesthesia to numb the tooth and gum. A non-latex protective shield called dental rubber dam is placed to isolate your tooth to keep it clean and dry during the procedure, avoiding further contamination by maintaining a sterile area. An opening in the crown of the tooth is made and with the help of a dental microscope Joe will locate the canals, remove the infected or inflamed dental pulp, clean, shape and disinfect the canals.
During the second appointment the canals are then filled with root filling material and a temporary filling is placed to protect your roots from being exposed or contaminated until you return to your general dentist for your final restoration. Joe will always send a report and radiographs to your general dentist after the completion of treatment.
The restoration of the tooth is an important part of treatment because it seals the cleaned and filled canals from the oral environment, protects the tooth and restores it to normal function.