Endodontics is an area of dentistry that specifically focuses on the health of the dental pulp. When an area of the dental pulp becomes infected, inflamed, or otherwise damaged, a root canal may be necessary. Root canal therapy can help save a tooth from needing to be removed. This procedure is also referred to as endodontic therapy. 

A root canal therapy may be necessary for a number of reasons. Your dentist may recommend root canal therapy if a tooth is infected or badly decayed, if the tooth has suffered from trauma, or if there is insufficient tooth structure remaining to support a filling. During endodontic treatment, your dentist will carefully remove the diseased or injured pulp from the tooth, then clean and seal the tooth to prevent further infection. After treatment, your tooth will be healthy and fully functional again.

What Are The Advantages of Endodontic Procedures?

If you have a severely damaged or decayed tooth, an endodontic procedure can preserve your natural tooth structure. Without endodontic procedures, your only option would be to have a tooth extracted. 

Some of the benefits of endodontics include:

  • Saving your natural tooth
  • Helping with your tooth pain
  • Reducing your risk of other oral health issues

What Happens During An Endodontic Procedure?

First, an endodontic specialist will take x-rays of the tooth to see the shape of the root canal system. Then, the specialist will numb the area around the tooth. After the area is numb, the specialist will open the tooth and remove the infected pulp. Then, the specialist will clean out the inside of the tooth, leaving only the empty root canal system. Finally, the specialist will fill the inside of the root canal system with gutta-percha, a rubber-like material.

After your procedure, we may place a temporary filling in the tooth to protect and seal it from food or debris. The permanent crown will be placed in about two to three weeks.

What Happens After A Root Canal Treatment?

After your endodontic treatment, your tooth may feel slightly different from your other teeth. You might also feel some discomfort for a few days, which can be treated with over-the-counter medication. This is completely normal and should lessen within a few days. If you notice that your tooth is sensitive or painful, contact us.

Your dentist will follow up with you regularly to ensure that your treatment is progressing as expected. 

At Jones and Hindbaugh Dental, the art and technology of modern dentistry are tactfully employed to systematically restore the damage and improve the cosmetic appeal of your smile. Dr. Erica Jones Hindbaugh and Dr. Russel Jones specialize in creating a coordinated treatment plan to give you a complete smile makeover. Book an appointment with us today for a more youthful and healthy smile.


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