The goal of the endodontist is to allow patients to maintain their natural teeth, and the course of treatment proceeds with this purpose in mind.
The purpose of endodontic treatment is to save the tooth. Once the pulp tissue (a soft tissue made up of nerve and blood vessels that run through the root of your tooth) is inflamed or infected, it needs to be taken out. An old way to do this was to pull the tooth (extraction), now days we can save the tooth by doing this with out removing the tooth. An Endodontist is a dentist who, in addition to traditional dental education, has completed formal post-graduate training in this specialized field of dentistry. When performed by an ENDODONTIST, root canal therapy enjoys a clinical success rate of well over 90%. An Endodontist provides the following services:
Conventional Root Canal Therapy
In conventional root canal therapy or commonly referred to as “root canal” a small opening is made on the tooth and through this opening the diseased pulp is taken out and the canals are cleansed and filled.
When a previously root canalled tooth develops problems and needs treatment, one option is to remove the old root canal treatment material and re-cleanse the canals of the tooth and remove the infection material and refill the root canal system. This procedure is called endodontic retreatment. This gives the tooth a second chance to be saved for the patient.
Surgical Root Canal Therapy
When a conventional root canal therapy has not been successful in resolving the symptoms and endodontic retreatment is not possible, surgical procedure may be needed to help save the tooth. In surgical root canal therapy a small incision is made on the gums and root tips are prepared and infection area in bone is cleaned and gums are sutured back. This procedure is known as Apicoectomy or surgical root canal therapy.