Endodontics is a specialized branch of dentistry that deals with the tooth pulp, tissues, nerves, and arterioles. Common signs of endodontic problems include inflammation/tenderness in the gums, sensitivity to hot and cold foods, tenderness when chewing, tooth discoloration, and unexplained pain in nearby lymph nodes.
Reasons for endodontic treatment:
- Bacterial infections – Oral bacteria is the most common cause of endodontic problems. Bacteria invade the tooth pulp through tiny fissures in the teeth caused by tooth decay or injury.
- Fractures and chips – When a large part of the surface or crown of the tooth has become completely detached, tooth pulp can be exposed which can be debilitatingly painful. Root canal therapy may be required.
- Injuries – Injuries to the teeth can be caused by a blow to the mouth area. Some injuries cause a tooth to become dislodged from its socket. Root canal therapy is often needed in this case.
- Removals – If a tooth has been knocked clean out of the socket, place the tooth in special dental solution (available at pharmacies) or in milk while emergency dental treatment is sought. The tooth will be affixed in its socket using a special splint, and the endodontist will then perform root canal therapy to save the tooth.
If you have questions or concerns about endodontic procedures, please contact our office.