Endodontics concerns the treatment of damaged or infected tissue inside the tooth. This tissue is called the pulp, and contains blood vessels and nerves, which keep your teeth nourished and alive. If this pulp is damaged in any way, treatment must be performed on the tooth to halt the spread of infection.
Damage can occur for a number of different reasons including fractures, loose fillings, injury and repeated fillings, all of which involve bacteria and infection polluting the pulp inside the tooth. The procedure used to treat infected pulp is called root canal treatment and involves removing the pulp, cleaning and disinfecting the root canals and the pulp chamber and finally filling and sealing the tooth. A dental crown may be fitted to the tooth after treatment and with good oral health and care could last a lifetime.
Benefits of Endodontics or Root Canal Treatment
The main aim of root canal treatment is to prevent tooth loss, which may occur due to the decay of the tooth or if your dentist feels the only remaining option is to extract the tooth. Replacement options for a missing tooth may involve bridges or dental implants, which are a great deal more expensive than root canal treatment.
If caught early infection to the pulp can be very treatable, and if you are suffering from symptoms such as recurring pain and sensitivity in a tooth, you should see a dentist immediately. An early visit could mean an early treatment and a greater chance of success.
Protecting yourself against infected pulp is very easy and simply brushing twice a day for two minutes, using mouthwash and flossing every three days could halt infection and save you a lot of pain and money.
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