Endodontics is the dental specialty that deals with the nerves of the teeth. Root canals are probably the most common procedure relating to endodontics. When a tooth becomes infected it is usually related to the nerve in the root of the tooth. The infected nerve will require removal. If left untreated an infection can turn into an abscess, which is a much more serious problem that includes bone loss in the jaw.
The area around the tooth is numbed with a local anesthetic to start the procedure. The dentist will then create an opening into the infected portion of the tooth. He will then be able to remove infected tissue and clean the canal. After the infection has been removed, the space is filled with a sealing material called gutta percha. It is highly recommended that a tooth that has undergone a root canal be fitted with a crown. This will improve the appearance of the tooth, and protect the root canal material.
The benefits of the procedure and advances in dental technology have made it a great alternative for maintaining an ailing tooth. Local anesthetics and proper pain medication allow the procedure to be performed with little to no discomfort. There may be some soreness following the procedure, but that is normal for most dental procedures. Over the counter painkillers are usually enough to relieve any pain afterwards, but your dentist may prescribe medication. The procedure will also relieve you from pain caused by the infection allowing you to enjoy all the foods you love without any pain from heat, cold, or biting too hard. If you are experiencing pain or swelling with a tooth please call our office to see if Dr. Solomon feels endodontics would be helpful to make you comfortable.