If you need a root canal, you will need an Endodontics specialist. Their advanced training and specialized techniques mean you get the highest quality care with the best result — saving your natural teeth!
You may need a root canal if your tooth’s pulp, the soft tissue inside the tooth, becomes inflamed or infected. If your tooth or teeth have deep decay or if you have received repeated dental procedures on the tooth, you may need a root canal. If you have a crack or chip in the tooth, you may need a root canal. Sometimes, a patient sustains an injury that may cause pulp damage even if the tooth does not appear to have any visible chips or cracks. It is important not to ignore a damaged tooth. If an inflamed or infected tooth is not treated, it can cause severe pain, possibly resulting in an abscess.
Root Canal Therapy:
Tooth decay, when left untreated, can progress to the innermost portion of the tooth called the pulp and may also cause an abscess to form at the root of the tooth.
Infection can cause an abscess to form at the root of the tooth.
A tooth previously treated with a root canal which shows no signs of healing is managed using an apicoectomy.
Pulp Cap: Direct
Direct pulp capping is a restorative procedure which aims to maintain the vitality of a possibly infected dental pulp.
Pulp Cap: Indirect
Indirect pulp capping is a restorative procedure which aims to maintain the vitality of a possibly infected dental pulp.
The pulp of a primary tooth is larger than that of a permanent tooth. This means that tooth decay reaches the innermost layer of the tooth faster. In pediatric dentistry, if a mild infection is present, involving only the upper portion of the pulp, a procedure called a pulpotomy is often used.