Endodontic Treatment - Root Canal Treatment

Endodontic Treatment - Root Canal Treatment

What is Involved in Endodontics?

Endodontics is a specialized field of dentistry that involves treating the inside of the tooth. A few of these procedures and techniques include root canal treatment, apicoectomy, the use of an endo microscope, and retreatment of the tooth if it becomes damaged. Endodontic procedures are used when the shell or outer area of the tooth is healthy and undamaged.

The fissures and crevices that make up the surface of a molar can often become compromised making way for cavities on the tooth’s surface. Endodontics can treat the interior of the tooth and seal the crown to protect the tooth and allow it to remain intact for many years to come.

While most people have heard of root canal removal, many of the other endodontic procedures remain a mystery. Depending on the current health and wellness of an individual’s tooth, endodontic specialist might need to split a tooth in half or even completely remove a root to ensure the tooth remains healthy enough to stay in the mouth.

After the majority of endodontic procedures, patients should be capable of driving themselves home. However, the final decision is left at the discretion of the dentist and their staff, who will determine whether or not you are still under the effects of the anesthesia.

What is a Root Canal?

A root canal is an endodontic procedure that involves drilling a hole in the top of the tooth and removing the nerve. Once the nerve has been removed and all signs of infection have been completely removed, the root canal dentist or endodontist will fill the resulting hole with a composite material that will harden. By filling the tooth with this type of cement/matrix, the tooth is stabilized and will be protected from further damage. While the top and interior teeth are no longer as vulnerable to decay, the rest of the tooth must still be properly cared for. The use of proper brushing and flossing techniques will add to the tooth’s line of defense and protect it from further damage.

What is an Apicoectomy?

An apicoectomy is used when a root canal is not enough to stop the progression of an infection. The root tips of a tooth are referred to as apexes. Each apex has several small root channels that allow for small offshoots of the nerve to travel through. During a root canal, the endodontist attempts to clear each of the canals and remove all of the infection. If some of the infection is missed or it finds a way to return to the same area, an apicoectomy is performed. During an apicoectomy, the tip of the root is completely removed. Instead of allowing the gum tissue to fill the gap, the dentist will replace the root with a composite material similar to that used to make fillings and sealants.

If you are searching for the best endodontist or root canal dentist near you, then you can book an appointment at Neeshat Khan DDS to consult with our endodontist specialist today. Call us now, or you can book an appointment through our online form. We provide our services in nearby areas of Saratoga, West San Jose, and Cupertino. 

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