Endodontics

Endodontics is the branch of dentistry that deals with the living tissue (pulp) within the tooth and the disease processes associated with it.  The pulp tissue consists of blood vessels, nerve fibers, and other fibrous tissue.  The endodontic procedures that we do in our office are:

  • Root canals: this the removal of the dead and dying pulp tissue and infection in the center which consists of the canal and pulp chamber the was occupied by the pulp tissue of the tooth.  The tooth is then sealed off to prevent bacteria from entering the tooth’s pulp space again.  The patient is usually placed on antibiotics to control the   infection.  A crown should be place on the tooth within 3 to 6 months to prevent the tooth from breaking apart.
  • Pulpotomy: this is the treatment of  a deciduous (baby) tooth that has abscessed.   Only the top portion of the pulp tissue in the pulp chamber is removed and a medicament (medication) is placed into  the tooth and then the tooth is either filled, or covered with a stainless steel crown.
  • Retreatment of failed root canals: This is done if a previous root canal has failed.  The previous material used to seal off the tooth is remove, the canal and pulp chamber cleaned and reshaped, and then the tooth is sealed again.