Root canals and other endodontic procedures can save a damaged tooth. That's why the experienced team at Mowry Dental in Fremont, California, is dedicated to providing gentle and effective endodontic care. Using the latest techniques and technologies, the team can alleviate your pain and restore your oral health. Call or schedule an appointment online today to learn more about how endodontic treatments can preserve your teeth.
Endodontics is an area of dentistry that focuses on diagnosing and treating damage to the tooth pulp and surrounding nerves. Pulp is the soft tissue inside the tooth’s center containing nerves, blood vessels, and connective tissue.
While the pulp plays a crucial role in tooth development by providing nourishment, it’s no longer necessary once the tooth matures. Tooth decay or damage that reaches the pulp can lead to infection and inflammation.
The most common endodontic treatments include:
A root canal removes the inflamed or infected pulp and replaces it with a biocompatible material.
This procedure involves treating a tooth that has previously undergone root canal therapy.
An apicoectomy removes the tip of the tooth root and any infected tissue.
After a comprehensive exam, the team can recommend the appropriate treatment for you.
The signs of inflamed or infected pulp aren’t always obvious. You may experience pain that comes and goes or no symptoms at all. As the condition progresses, your symptoms may become more persistent and apparent. Signs you may need endodontics include:
Another telltale sign of infected pulp is a pimple-like bump on the gums that indicates an abscess.
During a root canal, the team numbs your affected tooth and creates a small access hole in the center. They use special tools from Dentsply Sirona® to remove the pulp and any inflamed nerves, blood vessels, and tissues.
Finally, they use enhanced sterilization methods to disinfect the tooth chamber. Once all traces of bacteria are eliminated, they insert gutta-percha, a biocompatible material, to replace your pulp. They seal the tooth and place a filling to protect it from future damage.
One of the most effective ways to protect your tooth after endodontic treatment is to get a dental crown — a tooth-shaped cap that acts as a barrier and seals out bacteria. You should also schedule regular teeth cleanings and dental exams at Mowry Dental.
Whether you need a root canal, an apicoectomy, or another endodontic procedure, Mowry Dental can help you achieve a healthy and pain-free smile. Call today or schedule an appointment online to learn more.