What is Endodontics?
Endodontics is a branch of dentistry that specializes in maintaining teeth by procedures that focus on the soft inner tissue of the teeth, called the pulp. Endodontic treatment is essentially root canal treatment. The main goal of endodontics is to treat the infected pulp of a tooth which results in the elimination of infection and protection of the tooth from future microbial invasion.
Signs you may need Endodontic Treatment
Here at Coastland Dental in Burbank, CA, we recommend you schedule a consultation with our dentist if you experience the symptoms below.
- Teeth showing different shades of color
- Sensitivity to Hot or Cold
- Swelling and soreness of gums
How is this treated?
The main goal in treating your teeth using Endodontic treatment is to save the tooth. Root canals are meant to clean affected pulp tissue and bacteria. We will first start by removing all damaged tooth pulp. Pulp is the center live tissue inside each tooth. Once the damaged pulp tissue is removed, we can then proceed to properly disinfect, clean, fill and then seal the infected portion of the tooth. The tooth usually requires a crown to protect the tooth.
What are the Post-Op instructions for Endodontics treatment?
After you receive Endodontic treatment, you will still be anaesthetized. That means you won’t have much feeling in the area, so avoid eating or drinking anything hot as you may burn yrouself. After the anesthesia wears, you might experience some discomfort on the tooth that has been treated. This may last anywhere from 7-10 days. Slight swelling may also occur, which isn’t unusually post-op. Continue to take any prescribed medication, unless instructured otherwise by the doctor.