Almost everyone has probably experienced a truly bad toothache and wondered if there is an option other than pulling the tooth to stop the suffering.
Endodontics is a dentistry specialty that deals with acute and chronic inflammation of the tooth pulp. The inflammation can often reach the surroundings of the tooth and even the bone, which can consequently lead to overall health problems. The inflammation can also develop painlessly and cause pain once it is widely spread out.
Therefore we stress to our patients the importance of regular dental examinations.
DDDental offers full root canal therapy. Our staff uses state-of-the-art rotary mechanical instruments made by Swiss manufacturer Maillefer. Special solutions and gels open up the root canal and clean it from infected or necrotic pulp. This tissue is then removed and the canal is rinsed and hermetically sealed to prevent bacteria from re-entering.
An intra-oral X-ray with physician’s consultation follows this treatment. It provides an excellent visual aid for a patient to see his or her newly treated root canal.
Chemical inflammation in tooth’s surroundings can also arise if the root canal treatments performed in the past were unsuccessful. Most of the patients believe that a "dead" tooth simply cannot cause pain, but the truth is that it can cause tremendous pain if the original root canal therapy was unsuccessful. In this instance, our physicians perform rather difficult re-endodontics therapy – a re-treatment of the incorrectly treated root canal. After removing the old filling (which can take several clinic visits), the root canal is opened up and cleaned and consequently closed with a new permanent filling. Patient’s body can then deal with the chronically affected area in tooth’s surroundings more easily.
An intra-oral X-ray follows the treatment immediately, as well as six months afterwards. Our staff members stress to the patients that a root canal therapy that might have been performed unsuccessfully in the past could cause the tooth to become a so-called infected area (a focus). Therefore every entry exam at our clinic includes a panoramic X-ray (OPG) to determine possible issues with patient’s teeth. A “dead” tooth is extremely fragile, but there are ways to prevent possible fractures. If a fracture reaches below patent’s gums, often an extraction (pulling) of the tooth is necessary. Therefore, after the root canal therapy, we often recommend patients to firm up the tooth by radicular tenon and later by crown, which will improve the toot’s mechanics and aesthetics.
It is always more simple and less expensive to try to save the original tooth, rather than filling an empty spot in the patient’s mouth.