Endodontic treatment is needed when the tooth’s pulp — also known as the soft tissue within the root canal — becomes infected or inflamed. This infection or inflammation can have a variety of causes. Additionally, an injury or trauma to the tooth may cause damage within the pulp while the tooth shows no visible issues. When left untreated, pulp infection or inflammation can cause a lot of pain and even lead to an abscess.
Teeth that have previously had root canal treatment will often need to be treated again due to a variety of different reasons. The procedure is called Root Canal Retreatment, and will resolve your painful issues no matter the cause — whether it be previous inadequate treatment, recontamination and thus recurrence of the infection within the canals, as well as possible missed canals.
A tooth abscess is a painful issue composed of infected material such as pus. An abscess can form when the tooth’s pulp — the soft tissue within the root canal — becomes infected or inflamed and goes untreated.
Sometimes, Surgical Root Canal treatment — also called an Apicoectomy — is necessary to resolve particularly challenging issues. This includes painful lesions at the tip of the root, altered root anatomy that needs special microsurgical instruments, and more.
Treatment can’t always wait. If you experience a sudden trauma, painful issues such as a fractured tooth or exposed root canal may occur. In some cases, a broken tooth may need a root canal before it can then be restored. While this issue is more common for younger patients, adults may also experience dental trauma due to contact sports, car accidents, etc. The faster these issues are treated, the faster you can find relief.
Sometimes, a tooth will undergo resorption, which can occur either outside or inside the surface of the root. Depending on the location and severity of the resorption, we can repair this damage with a predictable outcome.
Ultimately, the goal of Endodontic treatment is to regenerate the vasculature and nerve tissue that’s been lost due to oral infection. Regenerative endodontic treatment is a new and exciting procedure that uses the concept of engineering tissue to restore the root canal structure to a healthy state, which allows for continued development of the root and its surrounding tissue.
Cleaning the highly complex anatomy of the root canal system can present a real challenge in root canal therapy. Our practice is meeting this challenge like never before with the state-of-the-art endodontic technology of the GentleWave® Procedure.
Conventionally, dental radiographs are composed of 2-dimensional images of 3-dimensional objects — such as teeth and the surrounding tissue. However, in recent years, new technology has been introduced that is capable of representing the entire tooth in 3D. This new procedure is called a CBCT Scan.
Intravenous Sedation (IV) sedation can make your dental visit more pleasant by reducing anxiety, improving pain control, and/or improving cooperation. IV sedation is less expensive than general anesthesia, can be performed in the dental office, and has a quick recovery time.