Types of Endodontic Treatments 

Jul 01, 2020

Tooth decay affects both children and adults, and it is caused by poor dental hygiene and overconsumption of sugar. In the past, tooth extraction was the treatment of choice for severely decayed teeth. However, because of the advancement of dental technology, we have different procedures for repairing damaged teeth. One of those treatments is the root canal treatments performed by endodontists

Endodontists focus on diagnosing and treating problems affecting the teeth’ interior, and they perform different dental problems such as:

1. Root Canal Treatment

Endodontic therapy is done to remove an infected pulp.

The pulp cavity is the innermost layer of the teeth, and it contains nerves and tissues. The pulp is protected, but due to factors like repeated dental procedures, decay, and trauma, it can get infected. Pimples on the gums, pain, lingering sensitivity, dark and tender gingivae are all symptoms of infected pulp. Removing the root canals will reduce pain, stop the spread of infection, and save teeth.

The root canal procedure is done in different steps:

  • Dental assessment using modern x-ray. The endodontist will examine the teeth gums and the extent of the decay.
  • The teeth are isolated with a sheet of material that keeps them dry and clean during the procedure.
  • The endodontist opens the teeth, cleans the cavity, and reshapes it. Next, a biocompatible material is used to seal the chamber
  • A temporary filling is used to close the opening as you wait for the permanent dental crowns.

2. Endodontic Retreatment

Root canal treatment is effective and, in most cases, successful. Plus, the treated teeth can last for a lifetime. The treatment may, however, fail due to factors such as multiple canals, tooth decay, and loose dental crown, the treatment may fail.

When this happens, the endodontist may recommend endodontic retreatment. This procedure involves the reopening the tooth and removing the filling of the materials placed on the pulp chamber during the first procedure. The endodontist will examine the teeth and check for additional canals or infections.

3. Endodontic Surgery

Occasionally, root canal therapy may fail to save the teeth or stop the spread of infection. In such a case, the endodontist will recommend endodontic surgery. The procedure involves checking for small fractures and hidden canals that were previously undetected during the initial dental treatment.

Several endodontic surgeries may be done, but the most common type is the apicoectomy. In this procedure, the endodontist will examine the underlying bone and get rid of any infected or inflamed tissue. The root-end may also be removed and filled with a small filling. Within a few months, the bone around the root will heal.

4. Traumatic Dental Injuries

Traumatic dental injuries occur after a sports injury or accident. Most of the injuries are minor such as chipped teeth, but your teeth can also get dislodged. However, regardless of the extent or severity of the injury, you need to see an assessment endodontist. An endodontist will use different techniques and technologies to save the affected teeth.

The treatments used will depend on the type of injury. However, the most common forms of therapies used include; dental fillings, replantation, or repositioning of the teeth and root canal therapy.

5. Dental Implant Surgery

Although endodontic procedures are ideal for saving your teeth, sometimes this is not possible, and the teeth may have to be extracted. Missing teeth need replacing, and a dental implant is the recommended treatment because it helps to preserve your bone and dental structure.

Dental implants surgery is the fixing of the metal posts in the jawbone to anchor the artificial teeth. It takes a few months to have the implants fixed, but once the gums heal, the titanium screws will offer a lifetime of support.

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Before you choose any of these treatments, it is essential to get all the necessary information. An excellent dental professional will advise you on the proposed procedure and the alternatives of each.

Visit Copper Vista Dental Care for more information on the endodontic procedures. Our dental team will assess your dental condition and choose the appropriate treatment.

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