Endodontics also known as Root Canal treatment is a specialised type of dentistry that is involved in the disease and health of the dental pulp and ‘root canal’ space and surrounding periapical tissues and with the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of diseases and injuries in these tissues.
An Endodontist is a dentist who has gone through an extra postgraduate specialist Endodontic training. Mostly General Dentists can perform Endodontic treatment, but patients are often referred to an Endodontist when the case is complicated than usual. At the Impression Dental Care, they are very fortunate to have Specialist Endodontist team who are experts at treating such complicated cases.
When anyone thinks of teeth, they most often picture the hard, pearly-white parts that brighten up the smile. But there’s much more to teeth than what’s visible on the outer surface. There lies a deep network of tiny, cavern-like passages called canals, which contain sensitive tissue, including nerves and blood vessels. The primary concern of endodontists is treating the soft tissue inside the tooth.
Endodontics is a speciality area that are recognized by the American Dental Association (ADA). Endodontists should be licensed in the state where they practice, and must remain up to date with continuing education requirements. Endodontists aren’t the only dentists who can perform root canals. They do so more frequently than other dentists because their practice is limited to treating the soft tissues of the tooth.
Endodontic treatment in Huntington Beach, CA is equipped with state-of-the-art dental technology. There are advanced devices such as operating microscopes, ultrasonic instruments and fibre optics that allow them to treat their patients comfortably and efficiently
Root canal therapy is probably the most common treatment performed by an endodontist. It may be needed when the tooth’s pulp is infected—often as a result of untreated tooth decay or a traumatic dental injury. In this procedure, dentist makes a small hole in the affected tooth, removing the dead infected pulp tissue, replaces it with sterile biocompatible filler, and seals the tooth against reinfection. This is usually done under local anaesthesia, and is performed using tiny dental instruments and also sometimes a microscope.
Apart from getting the standard root canal treatment done, one should see endodontists when complicating factors make treatment more difficult. Endodontists also perform endodontic surgical procedures such as apicoectomies, where damaged tissue is removed from the tip of the tooth’s root. Also, endodontists are sometimes called on to perform endodontic re-treatment where a prior root canal has not been successful or to treat pulp damage in cases of bad dental injury. Their advice can turn out to be extremely helpful in situations where a difficult decision must be made like Is it worthwhile to try saving a tooth, or best to extract it?
Endodontists use specialised techniques to ensure patients are comfortable during their treatments. They are experts in performing numbing medications, especially in patients who typically have problems getting and staying numb. In addition to treating the patients comfortably, they will be relieved of tooth pain after their root canal procedure when the pulp inflammation or infection heals.
In an Endodontist’s dental studio, one will find materials and equipment designed to make the treatment more comfortable and successful. They use a small sheet of rubber or plastic called a dental dam to corner the tooth during treatment, protecting the rest of the patient’s mouth. The space inside root canals is very tiny than FDR’s ear on the dime. Endodontists use dental operating microscopes to observe properly inside the root canals to thoroughly treat them.
If anyone has an ordinary toothache, they should mostly start with their family dentist, because the problem could be simply tooth decay or a loose filling, which can be simply treated by a general dentist. However, if anyone has a fractured tooth or a knocked out tooth or other serious dental injury, or are in severe pain from a pulp inflammation, they don’t need a reference to see an endodontist.