Endodontics is a branch of dentistry that deals with everything inside the tooth — the soft tissues, pulp, nerves, and roots. The most common procedure in the field of endodontics is root canal therapy which is done to remove an infected tooth pulp.
Endodontic treatment is an intricate process which requires dexterity and mastery. If done improperly, there is a possibility of reinfection after the tooth pulp has been removed. This is why choosing an experienced and well-trained endodontist is highly recommended.
Our endodontic specialist Dr. Steve J. Reisman received special training in order to perform intricate endodontic procedures. He is skilled in the latest technologies and techniques. This ensures our patients that they are receiving excellent dental care from highly skilled professionals.
Internal decay can be hard to detect and it can actually take many years to show any symptoms. When symptoms do appear, it may indicate that the infection has already spread beyond the root. Usually, if the infection is detected early, less invasive treatment solutions can be applied to treat the tooth. However, if the symptoms are unbearable, endodontic treatment is necessary.
The signs and symptoms of endodontic problems include:
If these symptoms are present, the tooth roots need to be disinfected through root canal therapy.
You will need endodontic treatment when:
A typical root canal procedure may take one to three dental appointments to be completed. The first phase of treatment is examination, where our dentists examine your teeth and take X-ray images for diagnostic purposes. Once root canal therapy is the confirmed method of treatment, your tooth will be prepared.
A local anesthetic will be applied on the gums to numb the tooth and a dental dam or protective covering will be placed around the tooth to prevent contamination by saliva and other bacteria in the mouth during the procedure. Then, the top of the tooth will be drilled out to provide access to the root canals. Root canal files will be used to clean the roots thoroughly.
Once all signs of infection have been removed, the roots will be sterilized and filled with gutta percha and the interior of the remaining healthy tooth material will be filled with composite resin. If a new crown is needed, it will be fabricated in our office using CEREC 3D system. You can get your restorative crown on the same day your root canals were filled.
After a few weeks, you will be called in for a follow-up to see how your tooth is responding to the treatment. If there’s anything unusual with your treated tooth, our dentists will identify it and suggest the proper treatment. If your tooth is healing properly, you will be advised to return every six months for regular examination and cleaning.
The best endodontists in South Jersey are always at your service. At Dental Arts of South Jersey, we make sure every patient is treated properly. If you need endodontic treatment, our expert dentists will make the final recommendation to ensure that the treatment is appropriate for your dental condition.
To get professional advice and care from our experienced dentists, just call us at (856) 942-1738 or schedule an appointment through our online request form.
It’s important to recognize the signs of unhealthy teeth. Getting immediate treatment will not only reduce your overall dental expenses, but also increase the chances of being able to save your tooth from extraction.