Endodontics is a specialized branch of dentistry that focuses on the diagnosis and treatment of dental pulp and the tissues surrounding the roots of teeth.
Endodontics encompasses various procedures, with root canal therapy being a primary focus. Root canal therapy involves removing the compromised pulp from the tooth’s root canals, followed by thorough cleaning, disinfection, and sealing to prevent further infection.
Additionally, endodontics covers procedures like apicoectomy, which is a surgical approach to treat persistent infections around the tooth’s root tips.
signs and symptoms
When is Root Canal Therapy
Root canal therapy becomes necessary when the dental pulp inside a tooth becomes compromised due to infection, inflammation, or injury. A persistent and severe toothache is often the primary indicator, especially when pressure is applied to the tooth or when consuming hot or cold foods.
Swelling in the gums or the face near the affected tooth can be a visible sign of infection, while the appearance of a pimple-like bump (dental abscess) on the gums is another indication. Changes in tooth color, such as a gray or dark yellow hue, could also point to underlying pulp issues. Tender or swollen gums around the affected tooth and pain during chewing or biting down may further signal a problem.
How will I know if I need Root Canal Therapy?
What to expect?
Root Canal Procedure
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