What Are Endodontics?

Endodontics is the dental specialty concerned with the study and treatment of the dental pulp, which is the living tissue and cells at the center of each tooth. Endodontic procedures include treatments for cracked or broken teeth, root canals, and root canal retreatments. Patients who are suffering from tooth pain - including general aches, pain associated with chewing, and sensitivity to heat or cold - should schedule an appointment with a YouDental endodontists.

When exposed, dental pulp can become infected, whether through cracking, breaking, or other damage to a tooth. Dental pulp includes connective tissue and nerves, so infections can be quite painful for patients. When the pulp is infected, the infection can spread to the bone around the tooth, causing an abscess and even leading to the loss of the tooth. Even after a root canal, the empty canal inside the tooth can still become infected, especially if restorative materials are not put on the tooth soon after the procedure.

Most dental professionals recommend that patients keep their natural teeth whenever possible. Tooth replacements have many benefits, but inserting them leaves room for complications like infection or the need for future replacements. An endodontist can help patients minimize complications by maintaining their natural teeth and keep them as healthy as possible.

Cracked Tooth

cracked tooth

There are many different types of cracked teeth. Cracked teeth show a variety of symptoms, including erratic pain when chewing, possibly with release of biting pressure, or pain when your tooth is exposed to temperature extremes. In many cases, the pain may come and go, and your dentist may have difficulty locating which tooth is causing the discomfort. If you are experiencing these dental symptoms or suspect a cracked tooth, you will need to see our endodontist at YouDental.

Root Canal Retreatment

root canal retreatment

The endodontists at YouDental offers patients a root canal retreatment when the original root canal does not have the intended outcome, or when there are changes in the condition of the patient's tooth.

Root Canal Therapy

root canal therapy

Root canals are a type of endodontic procedure that treat an inflamed or infected pulp inside of a person’s tooth. Root canal procedure & therapy consists of removing the infected or inflamed pulp, cleaning the inside of the canal, sealing the space, placing a protective crown over the tooth and using either prescription or over-the-counter medications to handle the pain.