Endodontics

OverviewEndodontics

        Endodontics is a branch of dentistry which mainly deals with defects inside the tooth. This treatment is basically carried out in regions of tooth pulp and root canal. It aims to correct tooth infection, dental trauma, and cracked teeth. The most common name for endodontic therapy is root canal therapy. It is relatively a painless procedure.

Good Candidate For Endodontic Treatment

        Endodontic treatment is preferred for persons who shows following dental symptoms:

  • Pain in teeth
  • Prolonged sensitivity to heat or cold
  • Tenderness in teeth
  • Discolored tooth
  • Swelling and drainage in jaw, gums, and bone

Endodontic Therapy

        Tooth decay, chip or crack in tooth, and repetitive dental procedures often cause infection to the pulp inside the root canal. This infection usually progresses with time and results in further damage to gums and teeth. During endodontic procedure, the root canal is properly cleaned and shaped. The infected pulp tissue is completely removed from the internal part of tooth. The empty space is filled with crowns and sealed. The tooth functions as a normal tooth after complete restoration. After treatment, for first few weeks, sensitivity is felt in the teeth. Proper medications are prescribed by the dentist to relief effects of treatment. Oral hygiene is an important factor. It includes proper brushing, cleaning, flossing, and regular check-ups. Biting or chewing hard things should be completely avoided.

Need For Additional Surgeries

        In some people, the treatment results are not much good. Prolonged pain or healing process is experienced by the patient. In such situations, the tooth again becomes infected or diseased. Hence, additional surgeries are required to save the tooth from decaying. However, all teeth can’t be saved with these surgeries. In some people, either it is difficult to access the root canals or severe tooth fracture occurs or less adequate bone support for tooth. These conditions makes it a tough job to correct tooth disorders.