Endodontics can also refer to the dental specialty that focuses on the diagnosis and treatment of dental pulp. Endodontic therapy involves saving a tooth after it has become infected. It involves removing the infected pulp and nerves from the tooth, cleaning the root canals, and filling and strengthening the tooth with a filling or dental crown.
Through endodontic therapy, we can save a tooth by removing the infection. Without treatment, the infection will worsen, and the tooth will become damaged to the point where even this therapy can’t save it. Symptoms of damaged dental pulp may include pain, swelling, sensitivity to hot or cold foods or beverages, and discoloration of the affected tooth.
What is an endodontic infection?
An endodontic infection is an infection of the tooth pulp, which can spread to the tooth roots. This infection is caused by bacteria and is hard to treat since antibiotics can’t penetrate into teeth.
What happens during an endodontic procedure?
During the treatment, the dentist will numb the area. Then, a small hole will be created in the tooth to access the inner tissue. The infected tissue will be removed, and the inside of the tooth will be cleaned and disinfected. The canals will be filled with a sealant, and a temporary filling will be placed. Depending on the extent of the damage, our dentist might recommend a crown to strengthen and protect the tooth.
What happens after endodontic therapy?
After your endodontic therapy is completed, your tooth may be tender for a few days as a result of inflammation caused by the infection. We may prescribe an antibiotic to help treat any remaining infection.
If you’re experiencing pain or discomfort after your endodontic procedure, don’t hesitate to contact us.
How can I prevent endodontic problems?
Taking care of your teeth and gums can help prevent endodontic problems. This includes brushing your teeth twice a day, flossing once a day, and visiting your dentist for regular exams and cleanings.
Dr. James Thurber DDS, located in Lubbock, TX, has modern amenities and the latest technologies that enable the best dental care facilities for patients. Call us at (806) 745-6644 and book a consultation with the dentist.