Endodontics is one of the nine dental specialties recognized by the American Dental Association and concerns itself with the study and treatment of the dental pulp and includes such procedures as the treatment of cracked teeth and dental trauma. But even if it actually involves more than just the root canals, it is more commonly identified with root canal therapy and is in fact used interchangeably with the term.
The root canal area or dental pulp is the part of the tooth right at the center consisting of the living connective tissue and cells called odontoblasts and forms part of the dentin-pulp complex of the tooth known as the endodontium. The pulp supplies nutrients to the surrounding tissues and acts as the tooth’s security and alarm system, sending out as pain any extreme temperature, pressure or trauma to the dentin-pulp structure.
When the dental pulp gets infected by bacteria from a cavity, a loose filling or a crack in the tooth, the pulp is not capable of repairing itself and eventually dies. Endodontic therapy prevents the infection from spreading into the bone which could lead to pain and tooth loss, via the removal of the diseased pulp and the thorough cleaning and disinfection of the root canals.
Root canal therapy not only saves your tooth from extraction and permanent tooth loss but also saves you money from more expensive dental treatment options such as implants. However, an overlooked root canal that has been left untreated, a defective restoration or an undetected crack can re-contaminate the root canal treated tooth and cause infection to re-develop.
It is therefore of utmost importance that your dentist be meticulous and diligent in performing endodontic treatments to avoid any possible relapse. From the removal of the infected pulp and nerve, the cleaning and placement of the filling material in the root canals down to the sealing of the tooth, the treatment should be done effectively to save you from preventable hassles.
One such dental professional you can rely on for complete and effective endodontic treatments is Kennewick dentist Dr. Walter Hadley of the Marineland Dental Care clinic in Washington. Call 509-591-0515 now for an appointment with Dr. Hadley, so he may discuss dental work and post-treatment special care for your root canal treated tooth.