Elk Grove Endodontics
Root canals can be performed on all the teeth. The dental staff takes care of the tooth by first examining and getting teeth x-rays, then administering a local anesthetic. After the area of your mouth is numb, the endodontics team places a small protective sheet called a “dental dam” over the area to isolate the tooth and keep it clean and free of saliva during the dental procedure.
The endodontist then makes a small opening at the top of the crown. Very small dental instruments are used to clean the pulp chamber and root canals and to shape the space for filling.
After the space is cleaned and shaped, the staff fills the root canals with a biocompatible material. In most cases, a temporary filling is placed to close the opening. The temporary filling will be removed by your dentist before the tooth is restored. After the final dental care appointment at our office with one of the endodontists, you must return to your dentist office to have a crown or other restoration placed on to protect and restore it to full function.
In apexification, the unhealthy pulp tissue is removed. At your appointment, the endodontics team will place medication into the root canal to create a hard tissue formation near the root tip. This hardened tissue creates a calcific barrier at the root end, allowing the root canal to be sealed.
The dental team will provide gentle care by ensuring the gums are numb around the affected area, and then creating a small hole to gain access to the chamber. The infected area is removed from the root canal and the canals are cleaned. Medication is placed into the canal, temporarily sealing the area. The medication is surgically replaced every two to four months, though this can vary among individuals.
After the root end has formed, dental care treatment is finished, which means you can make an appointment with your regular dentist to have the tooth restored.
An apicoectomy may be needed when an infection develops or won’t go away after root canal care or retreatment. In an apicoectomy, the root tip, or apex, is removed along with the infected tissue. To complete the apicoectomy, the endodontics team will clean and seal the end of the tooth’s canal.
This dental procedure, also called “open and medicate,” encourages the root to continue general development as the pulp is healed. Soft tissue is covered with medication to encourage growth. The tip of the root (apex) will continue to close, in turn, the walls of the root canal will thicken. If the pulp heals, no additional dental treatment will be necessary. The more mature the root becomes, the better the chance it can be saved.
A therapeutic pulpotomy, better known as a “baby root canal,” removes part of a tooth’s pulp chamber, the center of the tooth that contains nerves and blood vessels. The part that is removed is inside the crown.
This dental procedure at our office can be done in children’s baby teeth or in young permanent ones. In primary teeth, the dental procedure is done to keep the primary tooth from being removed. Extracting a primary before it is ready to fall out can alter the way permanent teeth come in.
If this chamber of a permanent tooth becomes injured or decayed soon after it emerges, it may require a root canal. However, root canal treatment is not done until the roots are finished growing. In this case, a pulpotomy can be done instead. Root canal treatment can be done after the roots finish developing.
What to Expect At Your First Visit to Our Endodontics office in Elk Grove!
The first appointment will be used to determine the best course of dental treatment using a clinical examination which may include x-rays. We encourage you to take this time to get to know our highly trained staff, dentists, and endodontists at your appointment by asking questions and letting them know any of your concerns, which will also allow them to come up with the best care and treatment plan.
Endodontic treatment is the best way to care for and save teeth. Once they are restored, they can function just like any other. Saving the natural tooth should always be the first choice when dental care is needed which is why our office takes the time to ensure each patient receives great care so that they continue to have a great smile. If you have any questions regarding your dental care appointment with one of our dentists, please feel free to call our number at our Elk Grove office to receive the care and services you deserve from our dental family. We also offers a variety of dental care services, oral surgery, and services for general orthodontics.
What is Endodontics?
Endodontic care, also known as root canal therapy, is a dental procedure of an infected or inflamed tooth. The dental procedure is carried out in the nerve or pulp chamber of the tooth. This area is important during a tooth’s growth and development. However, once a tooth is fully mature it can survive without the chamber because it continues to be nourished by the tissues surrounding it. After endodontic therapy the patient will no longer feel any pain in that area because the nerve tissue has been removed and the infection has been eradicated.
Though some people may not have symptoms, the most common signs to look for are pain such as a tooth that is very sensitive to temperature changes, tenderness to touch and chewing, discoloration of the tooth, swelling, drainage and tenderness in the lymph nodes as well as bone and gingival tissues. If you’re unsure, it’s best to be evaluated by your dentist.
Why see an Endodontist?
Endodontic care is the best way to save a natural tooth. The tooth is restored and can function just like any other tooth. Saving the natural tooth should always be the first choice when dental care is needed.
The endodontist removes the inflamed or infected chamber, carefully cleans and shapes the inside of the canal (a channel inside the root) then fills and seals the space. Afterwards, you will return to your dentist, who will place a crown or other restoration on the tooth to protect and restore it to full function.
Home Dental Care
You should not chew or bite on the treated tooth until it has been restored by the dentist. The unrestored tooth is susceptible to fracture, so you should see the dentist for a full restoration as soon as possible. Otherwise, you need only practice good dental hygiene, including brushing, flossing, and regular checkups and cleanings. For the first few days after the dental procedure, the tooth may feel sensitive, especially if there was pain or infection before the procedure. This discomfort can be relieved with over-the-counter or prescription medications. The tooth may continue to feel slightly different for some time after the endodontic care is completed. However, if there is severe pain or pressure pain that lasts more than a few days, call your endodontist for an appointment at our office to receive great dental care.
Most endodontically treated teeth last as long as other natural teeth. In a few cases, one that has undergone endodontic care does not heal or the pain continues. Occasionally, the tooth may become painful or diseased months or even years after successful dental care treatment. Often when this occurs, redoing the dentistry procedure might be needed.
If you think you may have an Endodontic emergency see your endodontist, or call our office in Elk Grove for a dental appointment.