Endodontics

Root canal therapy, also known as endodontics, is performed when the inner pulp of the tooth has become infected or damaged.

Because the innermost layer of the tooth is affected, the root canal system will have also been impacted - explaining why the procedure is most commonly referred to as root canal therapy.

Generally speaking, endodontic treatment is performed to save a patient’s natural tooth from extraction. In spite of the many advanced restorations available, most dentists agree that there is no substitute for the natural tooth.

A Typical Root Canal Procedure Explained

Root canal treatment involves the removal of the tooth's pulp: a small, thread-like tissue at the center of the tooth.

Once our Hanover dentist removes the damaged, diseased or dead pulp, there in an additional process of cleaning the root canal system and completely sealing it to prevent further damage from occurring. The area is shaped and filled, and a dental crown is used to “cap” off the treatment.

While root canal therapy protects the treated tooth from further damage, it can even prevent damage to surrounding teeth by removing the infection that currently exists. A procedure like this can also helps to prevent the need of dental implants or bridges.

Common reasons why a person might require root canal therapy:

  • Tooth decay:
    Perhaps the most common reason for a root canal is when tooth decay becomes extensive enough to reach the innermost layer of the tooth.
  • Injury:
    Destruction to the tooth, such as via fracture or chipping, can create an access for bacteria to reach the pulp - or can simply damage the area immediately, creating a need for endodontic care.
  • Repeated dental procedures:
    Having repeated dental treatments, such as multiple dental fillings and drilling performed on one tooth can render it weaker and more susceptible to eventually requiring root canal therapy.
  • Removals:
    If a tooth has been completely knocked out of its socket, a root canal procedure will commonly be required as part of re-implanting and saving the natural tooth.

The tricky thing is, there can be situations where the outside of the tooth looks completely healthy while the damage is occurring internally.

This is why regular check-ups and X-ray screenings with our dentist are necessary in order to detect oral problems early, before they require extensive procedures to treat - or worse, before extraction becomes the only option.

Is it time to visit Hanover Family Dental?

If you’re experiencing any signs of tooth infection, or have recently injured your tooth, don’t wait to contact our dentist in Hanover - as you may require a filling or root canal procedure to prevent further damage.

With that said, when it comes to any dental issue, earlier intervention is always better.

Root canal treatment is the removal of the tooth's pulp, a small, thread-like tissue in the center of the tooth. Once the damaged, diseased or dead pulp is removed, the remaining space is cleaned, shaped and filled. This procedure seals off the root canal.

Years ago, teeth with diseased or injured pulps were removed. Today, root canal treatment saves many teeth that would otherwise be lost