What is endodontics?
Endodontics focuses on the morphology of teeth, as well as on the physiology and pathology of the dental pulp and periradicular tissues. This field of expertise is mainly concerned with preserving teeth that were affected by an infection, while ensuring they remain functional.
When should root canal therapy be considered?
Endodontics is especially useful when the pulp or dental nerve are infected, when they require an in-depth assessment or when emergency care is needed following an injury.
Situations requiring endodontics:
- Deep cavity that’s reached the dental pulp
- Broken tooth
- Damage to dental pulp following an injury
- Installation of an implant ahead of installing a crown
Common symptoms of nerve damage:
- Hot or cold sensitivity that lasts several minutes
- Sensitivity when chewing
Steps of a root canal
This endodontic procedure is very common and requires local anaesthetic only. It is comparable to getting a filling.
- The infected pulp is removed
- The canal is cleaned and disinfected
- The canal is filled using inert material
- The tooth is sealed
In most cases, a tooth that has undergone a root canal will need to be restored (e.g. with a crown) to regain its normal function.
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