Posts for tag: Root Canal
If you regularly participate in sports or other physical activity, you’re at a higher risk for dental injuries. While chipped teeth are the most common result of these injuries, a few may result in more serious trauma — dislodged, cracked or knocked out teeth. In these cases, the core of the tooth — the pulp — and the root may have been damaged. Saving the tooth may require endodontic treatment and possibly the expertise of a specialist in the field, an endodontist.
Endodontics, from the Greek words for “within” and “tooth,” is a specialty of dentistry that treats disease or damage affecting the inner parts of a tooth, particularly the pulp chamber, the root canals, and the root. While all dentists are trained in endodontic procedures, an endodontist has advanced training, experience and specialized equipment to address complex cases.
The type of endodontic treatment needed for an injured tooth will depend on the extent of damage. A mature, permanent tooth with pulp damage, for example, may require a root canal treatment. In this procedure the pulp chamber and root canals are thoroughly cleaned out, and then are filled with a special filling to prevent any future infection. Later the tooth should be crowned to permanently seal it. Although a general dentist may perform a root canal, more complex cases, such as a tooth with an extensive root canal network, may need to be performed by an endodontist using microscopic equipment.
A tooth that has undergone severe trauma, especially a knocked out tooth, will need extensive follow-up care by a general dentist and possibly an endodontist to improve its chances of long-term survival. Because of the severity, the tooth may lose viability and the body ultimately may begin to reject it. For this reason, the tooth should be monitored on a regular basis and may need further treatment from time to time, even up to five years after the injury.
One final word: if you participate in sports or exercise activity, you can significantly reduce your risk of dental injury with a mouthguard. There are various types, but the best protection is one custom designed to fit the specific contours of your mouth. We’ll be glad to advise you further on how to protect your teeth from injury.
If you would like more information on dental injury prevention and treatment, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Trauma & Nerve Damage to Teeth.”
The poor root canal gets a bad rap, but it's a procedure that can be quite beneficial in improving your dental health. Often root canals are performed instead of tooth extractions, and are needed when the blood or nerve supply to a tooth is injured or decayed. Millions of teeth have been saved by this relatively routine procedure! Now, don't you feel bad about talking smack about root canals?
During a root canal procedure, the infected tooth material is carefully removed, and then the area around the tooth is disinfected. Next, the tooth is filled and sealed with a rubber-like material. Finally, the tooth is restored with a crown or filling. Once the root canal is complete, your tooth will be fully functional and should look great!
Admittedly, there are many things in life that are more agreeable than having a root canal performed. Yet, the procedure doesn't need to be an uncomfortable experience at all. At The Smile Shack, we will ensure that you're as relaxed as possible as we work to save your tooth. Having a root canal won’t feel much different than having a routine cavity filled. Depending on the tooth’s condition, the procedure can be completed in 1 to 2 appointments.
If you still hate the term "root canal", you can use the term "endodontic therapy." However, "I'd rather have endodontic therapy than go to the prom with you" doesn't quite have the same bite to it (pun included for free!).