Endodontics: A Tooth Saver

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You may have experienced the extreme pain that accompanies an infected tooth, and perhaps you've even heard of the dreaded root canal. But a bad tooth infection doesn't necessarily imply the tooth's demise. Very often, undergoing endodontics will help relieve your pain and keep your dentition intact.

Endodontic Treatments and Procedures

Root canal treatment is the most common reason for referring a patient to an endodontist. This procedure cleans the infected pulp area, relieves pain and saves the tooth. Most infections in the pulp of the tooth are caused by advanced decay or a deep cavity that was prepped and treated in proximity to the pulp. Endodontics also involves re-treatment of a root canal that didn't clear up the initial infection, or a surgical procedure at the tip of the root. Traumatic injury to teeth can also cause tooth pulp to become necrotic and require a root canal to retain the tooth or teeth.

Endodontists are great at saving teeth; occasionally, however, a tooth or teeth may be subject to complications beyond their abilities. The good news is that these specialists possess the skills and advanced diagnostic tools to determine the best treatment for you. This could mean a referral for an extraction and tooth replacement to restore your smile, but only after all treatment options have been explored. Doing everything to save your tooth is a dentist's first priority, because the general belief is that your natural tooth is best!

Keep your mouth healthy by practising optimal home care, like brushing and flossing and regular dental visits. Despite following a good oral hygiene routine, however, problems and infections can still occur. During treatment, brushing with a toothpaste for sensitivity can be helpful. Relieving your pain and maintaining your smile is your dentist's first priority, and he or she will not hesitate to refer you to the champion of tooth saving: the endodontist!

 

This article is intended to promote understanding of and knowledge about general oral health topics. It is not intended to be a substitute for professional advice, diagnosis or treatment. Always seek the advice of your dentist or other qualified healthcare provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition or treatment.

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Tips for Care After a ROOT CANAL

A treated and restored tooth can last a lifetime with proper care. Root canals have a high success rate. Here are a few ways to take care of your teeth after a root canal:

  • Practice good oral hygiene – brush teeth twice a day, and floss at least once. Taking care of your teeth can help prevent future problems.

  • Visit the dentist regularly – cleanings and examinations by dentists and hygienists.

  • Avoid chewing on hard foods – chewing on hard foods such as ice can cause teeth to break, and can harm root canals.

Ouch! Are you experiencing sensitivity after a ROOT CANAL?