Endodontics refers to the brand of dentistry related to dental tissues and pulp surrounding the roots of the teeth. Specializing in saving teeth, an endodontist performs routine as well as highly complex procedures, including endodontic surgery, root canals, and specialized procedures. The use of specialized techniques and advanced technologies allow endodontists to treat traumatic dental injuries and other issues comfortably and efficiently.
Although solutions are available to replace a tooth that is too damaged to save, there is simply nothing that feels, functions, or looks like your own natural tooth. By saving your tooth, your endodontist can preserve your natural smile.
Whether your tooth is injured or diseased, it’s important to understand the available treatment options. Today, patients have far more options available than ever before for saving a diseased or injured tooth. Your dentist can advise you of possible endodontic treatments, which will allow you to not only retain your natural smile but also continue eating all the foods you love while limiting the need for ongoing dental work.
Among the most common endodontic treatments is a root canal. A root canal helps repair and save a badly infected or damaged tooth. An endodontist will first remove the pulp or damaged area of the tooth and then clean and disinfect the tooth before filling it and sealing it. The most common reasons for having a root canal include:
- Deep cavities
- Cracked tooth
- Repeated dental treatments
“Following a root canal, it’s important to practice good oral hygiene, which means flossing at least once and brushing twice a day. Proper oral hygiene can help you avoid future problems. It’s also important to visit your dentist on a regular basis for cleanings and examinations. You should also avoid chewing hard foods, such as ice, which could lead to your teeth cracking and harm your root canals. Restored teeth can last for many years with proper care.
Contact us to learn more about how endodontics can help save your teeth and natural smile.”
Dr. Khanh Truong, DDS