The pulp in the center of your tooth is susceptible to infection and damage that can lead to pain, discomfort, and even tooth loss. At Comfort Dental Mason in Mason, Ohio, Hamid Madani, DMD, uses endodontics to save your damaged or infected teeth. Endodontics is a branch of dentistry that focuses specifically on problems with your tooth pulp. To learn more about the available endodontic treatments, call Comfort Dental Mason or book an appointment online now.
Endodontics is a field of dentistry that focuses on the tooth pulp. The pulp is the soft center of your tooth that contains small nerves and blood vessels. While vital during your early tooth development, you no longer need your pulp once your teeth fully mature.
If damage or decay reaches the center of your tooth, it can infect the pulp. Without treatment, this damage can destroy your tooth, leading to pain and even tooth loss.
To treat an infection or severe decay, Dr. Madani recommends a tooth-saving treatment called root canal therapy.
A root canal is an endodontic treatment that removes your tooth pulp to eliminate any damage, decay, or infection inside your tooth. When performed by an experienced dentist like Dr. Madani, a root canal can save your tooth.
During a root canal, Dr. Madani uses local anesthesia to numb your infected or decayed tooth, ensuring you feel no pain or discomfort during the procedure.
Next, he creates a small access hole into the center of your tooth and uses small dental instruments to completely remove the pulp and any other debris. Dr. Madani then uses special solutions to disinfect the tooth chamber. This ensures the infection can’t spread.
Once the tooth chamber is completely clean and disinfected, Dr. Madani fills it with a biocompatible material called gutta-percha to maintain the size, shape, and strength of your tooth. Finally, he seals the tooth to protect it from further infection.
If necessary, Dr. Madani may recommend a dental crown (tooth-shaped cap) to protect your tooth.
A tooth infection is one of the most common reasons for endodontics. You may not realize you have an infection at first, so it’s important to look out for the following warning signs:
If you experience a sudden rush of foul-tasting liquid, you may have a ruptured tooth abscess, which requires immediate treatment.
To learn more about endodontics, call Comfort Dental Mason or schedule an appointment online today.