Endodontic treatments involve preserving the whole tooth pulp or removing all of the diseased pulp. Additionally, endodontic procedures address teeth with irreversible infected and inflamed pulp tissue. At Baker Family Dentistry, we provide various endodontic therapies to salvage diseased or injured teeth and help restore your mouth function.
Common Endodontic Procedures
A root canal is a standard endodontic procedure performed to save your natural teeth and prevent the need for advanced restorations. The procedure usually requires two appointments. Dr. Lisa J Baker will first numb the tooth and place a rubber dam around it. This will ensure the tooth is dry and free of saliva. An access hole is drilled on the tooth’s surface, and root canal files are inserted into the opening to eliminate the pulp, diseased bacteria, and nerve tissue. Once the tooth is meticulously cleaned, it will be covered with a temporary filling.
During the subsequent appointment, the roots and the inside chamber of the tooth will be packed with unique medicated materials. Then a filling will be placed to seal the opening on top of the tooth. In addition, most teeth that have root canal treatment should have a dental restoration like a crown placed. This will safeguard the tooth and prevent it from breakage and reinstate it to its previous function. After treatment, your tooth may still feel sensitive, but this will decrease as the inflammation reduces and the tooth has healed.
Our office will give you after-care instructions after each appointment. Proper oral hygiene practices and regular dental exams will assist in the life of your treated tooth.
With proper care, your tooth treated with a root canal treatment will last as long as other natural teeth. However, at times, a tooth that has received treatment may fail to heal or continue to ache. The pain may flare up months or years after treatment, thus necessitating endodontic retreatment.
Endodontic surgery can be performed to identify hidden canals or fractures that do not reflect on X-rays but still cause toothache. The impaired root surfaces or the surrounding bone may also be addressed with this surgery, also referred to as an apicoectomy.
Traumatic mouth injuries can push the teeth deep into their sockets. We can stabilize and reposition your tooth with a root canal treatment after a gap of a few weeks of the injury.
If you want more information about our endodontic treatments, visit our office, Baker Family Dentistry, at 4217 E 3rd St., Bloomington, IN 47401. You can also reach us at (812) 332-2000.