Most Common Endodontics Procedures

Most Common Endodontics Procedures

by Simone Bueno (SU)

Endodontics is the field of dentistry that treats the interior of the tooth, namely the root, or pulp. The pulp houses the nerves in the tooth, and it is what makes you be able to feel sensations in your teeth.

An endodontic procedure aims to clean out dental infection in order to save the tooth. You may need an endodontic treatment if you have an infected tooth, inflammation due to tooth decay, or a chip or cracked tooth.

The symptoms of an infected tooth include throbbing pain, sensitivity, discoloration, and gum tenderness. Tooth loss could occur if the problem is not treated.

A skilled dentist will perform or recommend endodontic techniques in order to avoid a total tooth extraction. Let’s talk about the most common endodontic procedures that dentists use to save their patients’ teeth, and where you can go in Eugene for outstanding dentistry for the whole family.

Root Canal Endodontic Procedure to Save the Tooth

The most common endodontic procedure performed by dentists is root canal therapy. The dentist can perform a root canal to save a tooth that would otherwise need to be completely extracted and, ideally, replaced with a prosthetic tooth.

A root canal is necessary when the pulp (or roots) of the tooth become infected or inflamed. Without endodontic treatment, it could lead to severe and chronic oral pain, the infection could spread to other parts of your body, and you would lose the tooth completely.

During a root canal treatment, the dentist removes the infected pulp, cleans and disinfects the inside of the tooth, replaces the pulp and nerves with bio-grade prosthetic material, and permanently seals it by placing a dental crown over the tooth to protect it from damage. The restored tooth can remain healthy for a lifetime with normal maintenance.

Endodontic Retreatment of a Root Canal

If you continue to experience pain or other issues in a tooth that has had a root canal, endodontic retreatment may be necessary. During this treatment, the dentist will remove the interior filling that was placed in the tooth and clean out the infection which is causing tooth pain. The same steps are taken that were performed during the root canal, hopefully with more long-lasting results.

Endodontic Surgery

Endodontic surgery may be necessary to address tooth fractures and hidden canals that may not have shown up in a previous dental X-ray or addressed in a root canal. If you need to have this dental surgery, you are likely experiencing symptoms despite there being nothing that may indicate a problem on the surface. The dentist can use different techniques in this type of endodontic surgery.

Experienced Endodontist in Eugene, OR

An infected tooth pulp (the interior of the tooth which houses the nerves) is a dental issue that comes with serious risks. To maximize the benefits of endodontic treatment, choose a dentist who is highly skilled in these restorative procedures.

Dr. Ari Binder at 360 Dental Group is a family dentist in Eugene who is also highly experienced in endodontics. We have a very high success rate with root canal therapy, and we will restore your teeth to their optimal condition.

To schedule an appointment with Dr. Binder, call our clinic today at (541) 689-1645 or use our convenient appointment request form online now. We look forward to being your family dentist!