This non-surgical procedure is performed to save a tooth when the pulp, which contains the nerve, becomes damaged. Therapy consists of opening the tooth, removing the pulp, cleaning, shaping, and filling to seal the root canals. Endodontic therapy is usually highly successful (up to 90% of the time)!
Occasionally a tooth that has undergone endodontic, treatment fails to heal. Often pain ensues despite therapy. Less frequently, infection recurs after several years. If any of these situations occurs, the tooth often can be maintained with a second endodontic treatment.
Sometimes, a non-surgical procedure will not be sufficient to heal the tooth and your endodontist will recommend surgery. Endodontic surgery can be used to locate fractures or hidden canals that do not appear on x-rays but still manifest pain in the tooth. Damaged root surfaces or the surrounding bone may also be treated with this procedure.
Cracked teeth demonstrate many types of symptoms, including pain when chewing, temperature sensitivities, or even pain upon the release of biting pressure. Eventually, the pulp will become damaged and tooth will consistently hurt, even when you are not chewing. Occasionally a Root Amputation procedure can prolong the life of the tooth.
Exploration of boney and tooth structures in order to diagnose and determine the cause of pain. In most cases, the corrective surgery is performed immediately following the exploration if the tooth appears to be restorable.
Traumatic dental injuries often occur as a result of an accident or sports injury. The majority of these injuries are minor - chipped teeth. It’s less common to dislodge your tooth or have it knocked completely out but these injuries are more severe. Treatment depends on the type, location and severity of each injury. Regardless of the extent of the injury, your tooth requires immediate examination by a dentist or an endodontist.