Endodontics is a dental specialty that focuses on the diagnosis and treatment of issues relating to the soft pulp inside of teeth. While most dentists are capable of supplying treatments like fillings and the creations of inlay and onlays, an endodontist is someone capable of preserving the soft pulp during instances of disease. They are also skilled at removing it if there is an issue that has resulted in the soft interior becoming decayed.
Patients seeking endodontics in Warren, MI, can receive qualified treatment from the professionals at Your Neighborhood Dentist.
While several different procedures qualify as endodontics, the most common treatment is the root canal. Root canals have received a bad reputation because of contemporary media. In movies and TV shows, root canals are depicted as painful and unpleasant. However, the truth is that the modern root canal is painless and can be completed quickly.
Root canals are performed when the soft interior pulp of a tooth has become so infected or decayed that it cannot be saved. First, the dentist needs to determine whether or not the tooth can be saved. After scheduling an appointment with our dentist, they will perform a thorough exam and see just how bad infection has become.
If our dentist determines that the tooth cannot be saved using other methods, then they will discuss the root canal with you. If you agree to the procedure, it can be completed right away or scheduled for another date. The first step will be using anesthesia to numb the mouth and reduce pain. Using special tools, the endodontist drills a small hole through the hard enamel of the tooth and starts to scrape out the pulp.
The pulp extends from the interior of the crown – the visible “square” of the tooth, down through the roots. The entire interior is cleaned out and then sanitized using a special cleaning agent. After sanitization, the dentist fills the tooth with a substance called gutta-percha. Gutta-percha replaces the interior structure and reinforces the exterior of the tooth, ensuring it can remain in the mouth.