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Endodontic Treatment


The practice of endodontics deals with the complex structures inside your teeth. In fact, endodontics in Greek means “inside the tooth.” Inside the tooth, you can find tooth pulp, tissues, nerves and arterioles. The office of Dr, Steve Walton will refer patients to a specialist  called an endodontist when root canal therapy is needed.

The goal in endodontics is to save the natural tooth. This goal has evolved from past times, when problematic teeth would simply be removed. Generally speaking, teeth requiring endodontic treatment need to have the inside structures extracted and the resulting gap sealed with a crown. There are signs and symptoms associated with endodontic issues.

  • Inflammation and tenderness in the gums
  • Sensitivity to hot and cold foods
  • Tenderness during chewing and biting
  • Tooth discoloration
  • Unexplained pain in nearby lymph nodes

There are several reasons for natural teeth to be thrown a lifeline.

  • Bacterial infection – This is the most common cause in endodontics. Bacteria invades the tooth pulp, which is accessible due to tooth decay or injury. The resulting inflammation and infection could lead to abscesses, jeopardizing the health of the tooth.
  • Fractures/chips – In these cases, part of the tooth is completely detached from the whole. The pulp is exposed, creating pain and further problems. There is a possibility of a root canal.
  • Injuries – After a blow to the mouth or surrounding area, a tooth may be dislodged from the socket. The tooth is first stabilized and a root canal often ensues.
  • Removals – If a tooth is completely knocked out of its socket, it needs rinsed and replaced very quickly. If that is impossible, soak the tooth in dental solution or milk. This keeps the inner-mechanisms moist and alive in the meantime. Once a dentist is on hand, the tooth will be reaffixed to the socket using a splint. Finally, a root canal will be performed with hopes of saving the tooth.

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