Endodontics is the branch of dentistry dedicated to treatments for saving teeth that have become infected. While an endodontist is trained in several different procedures, the most common and well known of these is root canal treatment.
The soft tissue at the centre of a tooth is medically referred to as the dental pulp. This tissue contains the tooth’s blood vessels and nerve endings.
A tooth becomes infected when bacteria penetrate the surface and attack the pulp. Dental pulp can become infected for several reasons. Tooth decay creates cavities in the teeth that can allow bacteria to enter the central pulp chamber.
Alternatively, it may be a crack that forms while chewing or through an accidental injury that enables bacteria to enter the tooth. When such an injury occurs, a dentist may perform a root canal to prevent an infection from developing.
Patients with a pulp infection may notice severe, persistent toothache, pain in the jaw, heightened sensitivity to hot and cold, or a painful swelling in their gum.
Aside from traditional root canal treatments, an endodontist has undergone specialist training to perform more complex procedures. These include re-root canals when the first attempt to save the tooth has failed.
When performing a root canal treatment, a dentist may place a tiny post into the canal to support a crown. While complications are rare, this post may become problematic, and an endodontist will carry out a post-removal procedure.
If you are experiencing any of the symptoms of a dental pulp infection, contact the Banning Dental Practice to book an appointment with an endodontic specialist.Back to Treatment