Root Canal (Endodontics)
What is Endodontics?
Endodontics is a dental specialty focusing on diagnosing and treating problems inside the teeth, including the soft tissue. The soft tissue, or dental pulp, contains blood vessels, nerves, and connective tissue. The pulp covers the top of the crown to root tips and creates the surrounding hard tissue that forms the outside of the tooth.
Endodontic procedures are essential when the dental pulp becomes infected or inflamed, usually as a result of decay, cracked or chipped teeth, or repeated dental procedures. When you have infected pulp, it can lead to pain or an abscess, as well as increased sensitivity and tenderness. Dental pulp is vital to the growth and development of healthy teeth but is not necessary once teeth are fully mature.
What is a Root Canal?
A root canal is the most common procedure an endodontist performs. This procedure should remedy both the infection within the tooth and the pain that it causes. Though many people fear root canals, the procedure itself is much less painful than the pain that it alleviates.
Diagnosing Endodontic Problems
X-rays are the most common method to identify problems within the dental pulp. Occasionally, X-rays do not show these problems, despite complaints of symptoms from patients. In this case, Dr. DeStefano can perform a diagnostic root canal. This procedure will help identify holes or cracks that may be the cause of dental pulp damage.
Root Canal Procedure
This treatment can take one or two appointments to complete.
- Dr. DeStefano will conduct a comprehensive tooth evaluation
- Patients will receive a local anesthetic
- A small opening will be made in the crown of the tooth and the dental pulp will be cleaned from the pulp chamber
- Dr. DeStefano will fill the newly clear space with a rubber-like material and apply a temporary filling to the opening in the crown
In severe cases of pulp damage, that have not responded or recurred after treatment, other endodontic procedures may be necessary. Dr. DeStefano will decide which procedure is right for you after an evaluation of your condition.
Root Canal Results
After treatment, the tooth will need to be restored to a fully functional state. For example, Dr. DeStefano may elect to place a permanent filling, or he may suggest a crown. Whichever option is chosen, it is essential that you complete the permanent restoration to avoid failure of the endodontic treatment.
Recovery from a Root Canal
In the days following the root canal procedure patients will likely experience swelling, pain, and sensitivity. DeStefano Dentistry recommends anti-inflammatory medication to alleviate these symptoms. After recovery, patients feel that their treated tooth is the same as their natural teeth. It is uncommon for patients to have any trouble eating, speaking or smiling.
Schedule a Consultation
For those suffering the pain of an advanced dental infection, emergency appointments can be made by calling our Pittsford dental clinic at 585.248.2383. Don’t wait any longer, experience real pain relief today.