There a many reasons one may require Endodontic treatment. It is a necessary course of treatment if the pulp tissue of the tooth, which consists of nerves, blood vessels, and connective tissue, are damaged. If the above-listed tissues become inflamed or infected, Endodontics is the only course of treatment.
Deep decaying, multiple procedures on a tooth, a chip or crack, are the most common reasons for an Endodontic approach to treatment. Some of the symptoms of pulp damage are pain, extreme and persistent sensitivity cold or hot stimulus, discoloring of the tooth or teeth, and swelling and tenderness in the gums around the symptomatic area. However, it is possible to have no symptoms. If an infection or the inflammation go untreated, the pain will continue, increase in intensity, and may lead to an abscess.
Endodontic treatment is performed so that the tooth can be saved. The dentist will remove the inflamed or infected pulp. The interior of the tooth is cleaned and shaped, then filled and sealed. A crown will more than likely be necessary to further protect the integrity of the tooth, but another form of restoration might be possible.
Leaving the treatment incomplete and putting off the completion of the restoration can lead a tooth fracture. Please, make an appointment to have the restoration of your tooth completed as soon as the dentist deems suitable. A properly performed Endodontic treatment will last as long as the natural tooth or teeth.
Please discuss with your dentist which kind of anesthetic she feels is best for you. Each patient is different and each has a different tolerance level, as well as anxiety level. There are a few options which can make the procedure much more comfortable. Be sure to notify the dentist about any medical conditions, allergies to medications, and any medications you are taking BEFORE you receive an anesthetic in the dental office. ALWAYS follow the pre-care and after-care instructions of the dentist and anesthesiologist very carefully.
It is possible for a previously treated tooth to require new treatment. If decay appears, if a filling becomes loose or cracked, it can lead to an infection, thus requiring new treatment. If you sense pain or see evidence of infection, contact the dentist for an appointment and assessment.
Not all teeth can be treated Endodontically. Only the dentist can make the decision. If another course of treatment is required, she will be able to put together a course which best suits your needs. This can mean tooth removal and an implant or bridge. These require Endodontic surgeries. All synthetic replacements can be made to feel, look, and function like natural teeth, but nothing beats the original, so care for your teeth, and do not hesitate to call the dentist if you suspect you have any of the above symptoms. The sooner you are assessed, the sooner proper treatment can begin.