What is Endodontic Treatment
Endodontic treatment is a specialized branch of dentistry that focuses on the cause, diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of diseases affecting the dental pulp and the soft tissue surrounding the roots of teeth.
What Does an Endodontist Do?
Endodontists treat issues involving the soft connective tissue that surrounds the tooth and problems inside the tooth. The tissue that holds your teeth in place, as well as the soft tissue inside the tooth, known as the dental pulp, contains numerous blood vessels and nerves.
This tissue can become infected or inflamed due to a traumatic injury to a tooth, deep tooth decay, or repeated dental work on the same tooth. Without proper treatment, the dental pulp can become inflamed and painful, eventually causing the tooth to die.
A root canal is the most common procedure performed by an endodontist. A root canal treatment consists of removing the nerve and dental pulp and cleaning and replacing the space with a filling material. The tooth is then sealed, restoring the health of the tooth and surrounding tissue and enabling the tooth to be fully functional.
Symptoms of Endodontic Problems
Several symptoms might cause your dentist to refer you to an endodontist to seek treatment:
- A bacterial infection or inflammation of the dental pulp.
- Complaints of tooth pain and sensitivity to heat and cold.
- A traumatic injury to a tooth that causes it to loosen or fall entirely out of the socket.
- Endodontic treatment may also be necessary to save a chipped or cracked tooth if a section is missing, leaving the dental pulp exposed to bacteria.
Visit the Experts at Wytheville Dental Group
At Wytheville Dental Group, we offer our clients a complete range of dental services, including endodontic treatments. Our team is committed to maintaining the highest standards of excellence and ensuring that every patient has a positive experience. If you are concerned about the health of your teeth and have questions about endodontic treatments or anything else, contact us today.