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Older man reclining in dentist chair smiling at dental hygienistWhat is Endodontics?

Endodontics is a branch of dentistry particularly focused on the inside pulp of the tooth and the soft tissues at the root of the tooth. Precision endodontics ensures that you get the best care available right here at Centerburg Dental.

Your natural teeth are your most powerful tools for feeling confident about everything from your smile to being able to speak and eat with minimal issues. All dentists are focused on saving your natural teeth and accept that tooth extractions should be the last resort to treat dental issues. Endodontics gives us the tools that we need to preserve your smile as effectively as possible.

What Kinds of Endodontics Procedures Are There?

Endodontic procedures are highly specialized treatments designed to save your natural teeth and address any issues that you might be having. These procedures specifically include:

  • Root canal treatment. Root canals are a cornerstone of endodontics procedures. Though many patients might find the concept of root canals scary, we are experienced in providing comfortable and comprehensive care. Root canals are the best treatment possible for infections of the pulp inside of your tooth, especially when you consider that these procedures can help prevent you from losing your tooth due to the infection. During a root canal, you can expect an exam and x-ray so we can see the extent of the infection inside your tooth. We will numb you so you can stay comfortable throughout the treatment. After making a small hole in your tooth, we will clear the infected tissue, clean the inside of your tooth, and fill and reseal the tooth to ward off future infections. In most cases, we will also place a crown on the treated tooth to further protect it.
  • Endodontic retreatment. In many cases of root canals, the fix for the infection is something that lasts your entire life. However, there are some cases in which the same tooth will have to be treated again. During a root canal retreatment, we will reopen the tooth that had received the root canal and remove the filling. We will explore your tooth to identify additional canals and pinpoint possible points of infection. We will clear, clean, and fill your tooth again before creating a crown or other protection for your tooth.
  • Endodontic surgery. Even though endodontic surgery might sound scary, new technology in endodontics ensures that procedures can be quick, you will remain comfortable, and you will experience the success of saving your tooth from extraction. We will use digital imaging and microscopes to help pinpoint issues like small fractures or hidden canals inside of your teeth that might not have been immediately apparent in initial x-rays. Additional endodontic surgeries address issues like treating calcium deposits in root canals, repairing damaged root surfaces or surrounding bone, and treating persistent inflammation or infection in the bone at the end of your tooth.
  • Dental implants. Though endodontics is extremely focused on helping you keep your existing teeth, there are some cases that require extraction. However, endodontics offers excellent options for replacing your original teeth, including dental implants. Dental implants are among the best treatment plans for replacing lost teeth because of how natural the solution is. An implant is placed surgically in the bone of your jaw, where it is given time to heal and fuse with your bone just as the natural root of a tooth would do. Once the anchor of the implant is secured, a crown is added, designed to look like your original tooth. Many patients report that they hardly notice any difference between their implant and their natural teeth.

How Do You Know if You Need Endodontic Work?

If you are experiencing pain when eating or applying pressure to a tooth or area of your mouth, it could be an indication that a root canal or endodontic procedure is necessary. Likewise, if you have lasting sensitivity to hot or cold foods or beverages long after you stopped eating or drinking, it may be a good idea to give us a call.

We’re proud to offer endodontic services at Centerburg Dental. If you have questions about what kinds of treatments we have available, call us at 740-480-8162.

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