What is Endodontics?
Endodontics is a dental specialty dedicated to the care of the dental pulp. The “pulp” of your tooth is the interior soft matter composed of nerves and other soft tissue. Due to tooth decay or trauma, this pulp can become diseased or damaged which can trigger a significant amount of pain and disrupt one’s ability to chew properly. Family dentists frequently refer their patients to an endodontist for the care of their damaged teeth.
What is a Root Canal?
Endodontists are particularly known for performing root canals. A root canal is a procedure that can save your tooth or teeth, even if the dental pulp cannot be saved. During a root canal, your endodontist will replace the diseased or damaged pulp with inert material. Once the pulp has been replaced, your tooth will be restored with a filling.
Why Save the Tooth?
Many people prefer to save their natural teeth for aesthetic and dietary reasons. They would rather not have to go through the process of getting dentures or a dental implant, and would like to continue eating the foods that they enjoy.
Do I Have Other Options?
It depends. The endodontist will examine the tooth and let you know if you are a candidate for a root canal. A badly damaged root system, an insufficient jaw bone, or a tooth that can’t be properly restored after the procedure may preclude a root canal. In some cases, oral surgery may save the tooth, or you may wish to discuss other options such as dentures or implants after an extraction.
How do I Make an Appointment?
If you are having problems with a tooth, don’t delay getting treatment. The earlier you get treatment, the more options you are likely to have. Call your neighborhood Gentle Dental office today to make an appointment. We offer evening and weekend appointments, and accept most dental insurance policies. If you don’t have insurance, talk to our staff about financing options.