Endodontic care (Root Canal Therapy) is necessary when the nerve tissue in the tooth is irreversibly damaged due to decay, trauma, or tooth fracture. Root canal, though scary sounding, is generally a simple one-two visit procedure that allows a patient to retain a tooth that may have been removed in the past.
Dr. Rader completed thousands of these procedures with extreme success.
Sometimes a root canal is the only way to save an infected tooth and in some cases may also be helpful for cosmetic dentistry.
The whole medical science of the inner tooth is called endodontics. Teeth are actually living organs of your body.
Teeth have several layers. The outside layer of the tooth is composed of a hard layer of Enamel. Enamel is supported by an inner tooth layer called Dentin, and Dentin at its center is a soft tissue known as the Pulp.
Every tooth has an inner core of soft pulp that holds blood, essential fluids and the tooth’s nerve. The sensations of hot and cold, pressure, and pain are all transmitted to your brain through the nerve inside the pulp.
Although the pulp is important during development of your tooth, it is not necessary for the tooth to remain functional and healthy. The tooth continues to be nourished by the tissues surrounding it even if the pulp is removed.
Endodontic or root canal treatment is necessary when the pulp becomes inflamed or infected. The most common reasons for inflammation or infection are deep cavities, repeated dental procedures like replacing old fillings, cracks or chips. Trauma can also cause inflammation and often shows up as discoloration of the tooth. If pulp inflammation or infection is left untreated, it can cause pain or lead to an abscess and tooth loss.
Once the pulp of a tooth gets infected, there is no real way to cure it without root canal treatment. The most common symptoms of an infected tooth are throbbing pain, sensitivity to chewing hard foods, and sensitivity when drinking hot or cold liquids. Root canal treatment can provide instant relief of this pain.
When performing certain cosmetic procedures, endodontics can be effective in achieving optimal cosmetic results. Endodontics allows for immediate straightening and recontouring of crooked teeth in the cosmetic smile zone.
The bonus is instant orthodontics.
If you think you have an infected tooth, it is important to get an examination promptly. Based on what we discover, we will recommend the most conservative treatment that makes things better for you.
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