Here at Buckner Family Dental, our staff is well-trained in the specialty of Endodontics, allowing us to offer our patients a number of specialized treatments. In the past, teeth whose nerves had become diseased had to be removed from the mouth. Thanks to advances in endodontics and dental technology allows us to save the tooth with a relatively simple and virtually painless procedure.
Endodontics is a branch of dentistry that is concerned with the study and treatment of the dental pulp that is inside your tooth. This pulp supplies your tooth with nutrients, and also contains the nerves, blood vessels and connective tissue that is essential to keeping each of your teeth healthy. When this pulp becomes diseased, it can lead to an infection of your entire tooth, and eventually a tooth extraction will be necessary. One of the most common procedures performed in the practice of Endodontics is a root canal treatment. Other treatments in this field of dentistry include:
A root canal is a dental procedure that allows your dentist to save a tooth whose dental pulp has become diseased. It is generally a simple process, and causes little to no discomfort in most patients.
In this procedure, your dentist will numb the tooth and surrounding area. Then, the dentist will create an opening through the crown of the tooth, into the dental pulp chamber. Through this hole, your dentist will gently remove the diseased dental pulp from inside the tooth. The empty dental canal and pulp chamber that leads to the tooth root will then be thoroughly cleaned and checked to ensure that all of the diseased tooth matter has been removed. Once this is done, your dentist will fill the pulp chamber and place a temporary filling over the hole.
During your second appointment, the temporary filling that was put into place during your root canal will be replaced, either with a permanent filling or a dental crown. Which dental restoration you receive will depend on your personal preference and the tooth’s location within the mouth. If you choose to have a filling placed, you will have the option of using a more traditional dental amalgam, or a filling made from tooth-colored dental composite materials.
Having a tooth with diseased tooth pulp is no small matter. This infection can eventually spread down into your gums and other teeth, causing a number of dental problems. Teeth that are left untreated may eventually need to be extracted. Our well-trained and caring Endodontic specialists can treat these infections, and help ensure that your teeth can stay where they belong. If have any questions about endodontics or the procedures we offer, or would like to schedule a consultation appointment, contact our Dallas dentist at Buckner Family Dental today. Our professional staff is ready to answer any questions you might have and look forward to speaking with you.