Edodontics is a pretty sweet branch of dentistry that ideally deals with all of the structures that are found in the complexities of teeth, and this literally translates to ‘inside the tooth’ and also relates to concepts like tissues, nerves, pulp, and a bunch of other complex concepts within teeth.
Back in the past if a tooth was somehow found to have a diseased nerve it would have had to be removed, but today with modern technology within the dental world we can now save teeth that have nerve damages, and this generally pertains to the procedure of extracting the damaged structures of the inner tooth and then sealing the tooth up at the crown.
The following are some of the endodontic symptoms and signs of problems:
- Tenderness and inflammation of gums
- Sensitivity to hot and cold foods within teeth
- A tender sensation while chewing or biting
- Discoloration of a tooth
- Unexplained pain in teeth
Reasons for endodontic treatment
Endodontic treatment pretty much pertains to root canal therapy and this is something that is used to save natural teeth while getting to the core of inner teeth problems. Although there are great restorations available to people today dentists agree that if you can keep your natural teeth then you should probably do that.
The following are some causes of inner tooth damage:
Bacterial infections — oral bacteria is by far the most common cause of all endodontic problems, and it is through tiny holes in teeth that are caused by tooth decay that bacteria are capable of invading a tooth and creating serious infections and could potentially create an abscess.
Fractures and chips — when you have a chipped or fractured tooth the pulp of your tooth is going to be exposed, and this means that you more than likely are going to need a root canal because this can turn into an extremely painful situation very quickly.
Injuries — Direct blows and physical problems can create injuries to teeth, and these injuries often times lead to root canal therapy.
Removals — if a tooth has been knocked out it is super important to put it back in the socket once it is cleaned as quickly as you can. Another option could be to put it in a special dental solution that you can find at pharmacies or in milk. If you do this then you can have a good opportunity to keep the tooth moist and alive until the dental treatment can undergo.
What does an endodontic procedure entail?
Root canals are pretty much the main endodontic procedure that happens and this usually will require at least one to up to three different visits.
At first the patient will receive an anesthetic and also a protective sheet or dental dam to make sure that the surgery area remains saliva free during the root canal procedure. Then the opening is created in the crown of the tooth so the pulp can then be removed.
Then there will be some cleaning and a gutta-percha is used to clean up the tooth and a cement is applied to make sure that the top of the tooth is completely sealed so that the tooth can start to heal up and the restoration procedure can begin.