What is Endodontics?

Endodontics is a branch of dentistry recognized by the the American Dental Association involving the treatment of the dental pulp and the surrounding tissues of the tooth.  The crown is the portion of the tooth you see.  The rest of the tooth is hidden beneath the tissue; it is called the root.  Even though the root is hard tissue called dentin, the inside channel or “root canal” contains soft tissue composed of blood vessels and nerves.  Bacteria are introduced into the pulp as a result of tooth decay, periodontal disease, tooth fracture, or restorative treatment.  This bacteria can severely damage the pulp causing inflammation or infection.  When that occurs, an endodontic specialist removes the diseased pulp to eliminate pain and bacteria.  After successful endodontic treatment, the tooth continues to perform normally.

Should I be worried about X-rays?

No, While radiographs will be necessary during your endodontic treatment, we only use advanced digital imaging.  These images produce radiation levels that are 90% lower than traditional X-Rays.

What about infection?

We adhere to the most rigorous standards of infection control advocated by OSHA, the Centers for Disease Control and the American Dental Association.  We autoclave all of our instruments and use disposable single use instruments when available.

What happens after treatment?

When root canal therapy has been completed, a treatment report will be securely emailed to your general dentist.  You should contact their office within 1-3 weeks after your completed treatment.  Your dentist will decide what type of permanent restoration is necessary to protect your tooth.  While rare, significant post operative discomfort can occur.  If a problem does occur, please contact our office.  We are available to respond.

What technologies are used?

  • An operating microscope on every patient
  • Digital imaging throughout the entire procedure
  • 3-D imaging when applicable
  • State-of-the-art instruments for everyone.  Not old technology.
  • Digital Apex Locators
  • 3 dimensional filling techniques
  • An adherence to current research on sterilization and decontamination
  • Antimicrobial infused barriers to guard against a re-infection of the root canal system

Can I go back to work after treatment?

Yes! For a majority of our patients, only a local anesthetic is needed to complete root canal therapy.  Our doctors will make every effort to accommodate our patient’s work schedules.

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