Have you ever heard of the branch of dentistry called endodontics? Dealing with the complex structures that are inside each tooth, endodontics is a specialty in the dental field. Endodontic specialists focus on the complex structures found inside the teeth. Your tooth includes nerves, pulp, tissues, and arterioles. A dentist with the ability to provide endodontics procedures to patients will have received additional training in dental school. Your Farmington Hills dentist, Dr. Aziza Askari, will describe the reasons for endodontic treatment, and what such a procedure might look like.
Reasons for Endodontics
A common name for endodontic treatment is root canal therapy. The idea is to save as much of the natural tooth as possible, in spite of decay and damage. Some of the main causes for needing endodontic therapy would be:
- Tooth fractures and chipped teeth
- Oral bacterial infections (tooth decay)
- Dental injuries
Regarding removals, in cases where a tooth is knocked out, it can sometimes be reattached with the help of root canal therapy.
To begin root canal therapy, complete X-rays of the teeth will be taken and examined before the treatment begins. In order for the procedure to feel as comfortable as possible, a local anesthetic will be administered. The dentist will use a protective sheet called a dental dam to protect the surgical area from excess saliva and potential bacterial exposure. An opening is made on the surface of the tooth so that the pulp can be removed. The space will next be filled with a biocompatible material that is similar to rubber. Cement is applied to the top part of the remaining tooth to ensure that the root canals are completely sealed from further infection. Filling options will be discussed, and a temporary filling may be placed to restore functionality to the tooth while you heal, before a crown or other permanent restoration is put into place.
Dr. Askari provides a full range of dentistry services, including endodontic procedures. If you would like to schedule an appointment, contact our 48335 dentist office at (248)474-6434. We are happy to provide comprehensive dentistry to patients from Farmington Hills, Dearborn, Novi, Livonia, Detroit, and surrounding neighborhoods.