Endodontics is a branch of dentistry that focuses on the pulp, tissues and roots of the teeth. The pulp of the tooth can be affected with infections from various bacteria that need to be treated quickly. These infections cause pain and damage to not only the infected tooth but also neighboring teeth and/or jaw.
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Each tooth is composed of multiple components and tissues in order for it to be healthy, great stability in the bone and/or appearance. Therefore keeping these tissues and components healthy becomes vital to ensure a healthy oral cavity.
> Enamel: it is the exterior layer of the tooth. It is white and/or pale yellow in color, strong and functions as a defense layer to our day-to-day habits. It is damaged with carious lesions and/or wears with acidic foods and beverages.
> Dentin: moving inward from the enamel, the dentin is a dark yellow and forms the bulk of the tooth.
> Pulp chamber: this is the interior portion of the tooth that is protected by the dentin and enamel. It is the area that encloses the pulp, vessels, nerves and root canals. The pulp functions to provide nutrition through these nerves and vessels.
An endodontic treatment (root canal) and/or an apicoectomy (root-end treatment) may be needed when the pulp chamber is infected with bacteria. Our dentists can go ahead and proceed with a root canal treatment using an apex locator and other technology measures to stop and control the infection from damaging your tooth and its neighboring tissues and teeth. By completing this treatment, you are ensuring that your oral cavity stays healthy and allows you to continue enjoying your meals.
If you are suffering from dental pain, it is important to consult your dentist as to help control and solve the situation to save the tooth and avoid unfortunate consequences.
Once bacteria affect the interior of the tooth, a root canal treatment is usually indicated. During the procedure, the dentists at Centre dentaire NP have one goal: to remove the infected pulp to save the tooth and keep it within the jawbone for as long as possible. In order to facilitate and guarantee the success of the treatment, the dentist may use an apex locator to ensure he/she locates the canal that will be treated.
Unfortunately, in certain cases a root canal is not the final solution to an infected tooth. Infections can persist and cause pain and yet again put the neighboring teeth at risk. Thus, an apicoectomy can become necessary. During this procedure, the dentists at Centre dentaire NP, remove the apex (end of the root) and seal it off to ensure that bacteria can no longer infect the area.