What is Endodontics?
Our primary goal is to save your natural teeth whenever possible. Our practice specializes in endodontics, commonly referred to as root canal therapy. The word “endo” comes from the Greek language and means “inside” or within. Endodontists work with the “inside” of a tooth. Endodontics is the treatment of diseases of the pulp and surrounding tissues of a tooth.
In addition to attaining a doctorate in dentistry, endodontists receive two or more years of advanced education in endodontic treatment. Exploring and learning the latest technology in root canal techniques and procedures provides expert knowledge which assists endodontists in the diagnosis and treatment of more difficult cases.
Endodontics (Root Canal Therapy)
Endodontics is the treatment of the pulp and surrounding tissues of a tooth. When root canal therapy is performed, the pulp of the tooth is removed and the inside of the root is thoroughly cleaned. Once adequately disinfected, the inside of the root is sealed with a suitable filling material.
Root canal treatment is most often necessary when decay has reached the pulp of the tooth or the tooth has become infected. People have anywhere from 1 to 4 canals in a tooth. Extra canals may branch out and are called “accessory canals.” The number of canals and anatomy of a tooth can vary.
Occasionally a tooth that was previously treated can redevelop issues and require additional treatment. Many times retreating the root canal may resolve the issue.
In some cases surgery is indicated to restore the tooth and surrounding tissues to health. During this procedure, the tip of the root and the affected tissue is removed. Often a filling is placed in the end of the root. Sutures are placed to aid in healing. Most patients experience only minor discomfort and swelling and return to normal activities the next day.
Traumatic injuries can result in the need for dental treatment. Fractured teeth, displaced teeth, or even a tooth that has been knocked out (avulsed) are common results of dental trauma. Each of these conditions requires specific treatment, dictated by the effect of the injury on the tooth, whether or not the tooth is deciduous (a baby tooth) or permanent (adult), and the time between the injury and treatment. Dr. Tittle and Dr. Jensen are experts at managing the complexities of these injuries.
Treatment may involve many different dental specialists. Traumatized teeth will be continually monitored to ensure proper healing. Dr. Tittle has lectured on traumatic injuries at numerous dental conferences and dental society meetings. To help you be prepared to take the appropriate action in the event of a traumatic injury to the teeth, you can purchase this application on your iOS® device. It guides a layperson through an initial assessment of the injury and appropriate first aid.