Endodontics is a subspecialty of dentistry that focuses on the research, diagnosis, and treatment of the dental pulp and the tissues surrounding the tooth roots. Endodontics is derived from Greek and means "the inside of a tooth."
An endodontist is a medical expert who specializes in treating the soft pulp tissues inside a patient's teeth and assisting in the preservation of the dental pulp. When necessary, endodontists will extract the pulp. At Healthy Smile Dental Care in Hialeah, Florida, we offer a variety of dental treatments and procedures, including endodontics, to assist patients to maintain their dental health and bright smiles.
What Treatments Do Endodontists Perform?
Traumatic Injury Treatment
The pulp of a tooth can be destroyed when it is subjected to external trauma. Endodontic procedures can be used to treat severe damage to the pulp of the tooth.
In the case of children, dental traumas can cause pulp damage and tooth growth stunting. An endodontist can assist by stimulating the root to produce bone at the tip of the root, a treatment known as apexification, which will save the teeth.
Root Canal Treatment
A root canal treatment consists of removing the damaged or infected dental pulp, cleaning the inside of the tooth, and sealing it with a medicated filling material. An endodontist performs a root canal to restore or salvage a severely damaged or rotting tooth.
When Do You Need Endodontic Treatment?
Tooth decay occurs when the bacteria in the mouth produce acids that attack the enamel. Deep decay can lead to discomfort, sensitivity, and infections.
A root canal may be required if the tooth is cracked, chipped, or has been subjected to other sorts of trauma. Cracked or chipped teeth are repaired using tooth-colored bonding material or by placing a dental crown placed on top of them. However, if the damage to the tooth extends into the pulp, a root canal is usually required.
Large cavities may require the removal of more tooth structure. In such cases, a large filling may not be enough to restore the tooth’s structural integrity and protect it from infections. If the tooth becomes infected, root canal therapy may be required.
Get in touch with our team at Healthy Smile Dental Care to learn more about our services. Call our dentist in Hialeah, FL, at (786) 345-2040, book your appointment online, or visit our Hialeah, FL 33018, dental office at 3412 W 84th St #110.