What is Endodontics?
Endodontics is a branch of dentistry that focuses on diagnosis, treatment, and care relating to the pulp inside your teeth.
Deep inside the white enamel of your outer tooth are tiny canals containing connective tissue, blood vessels, and nerves. This inner area is called the pulp, and when the pulp becomes infected, you can experience pain and even tooth loss.
Why Would I Need Endodontic Care?
You might not be aware that you have a problem with the inner structures of your teeth. These deep-rooted problems can negatively impact your oral health. You might need to seek endodontic care if you experience symptoms, such as:
- Sensitivity when consuming hot or cold foods or drinks
- Swelling in the soft tissue around certain teeth
- Pain in your teeth when applying pressure or while chewing
- Severe discoloration that doesn’t respond to traditional methods of teeth whitening
A tooth with a prior root canal or a cracked tooth can become painful and warrant endodontic care.
What Dental Treatments Fall Under Endodontic Care?
Endodontic care encompasses several treatments. You can benefit from an endodontic procedure called an apicoectomy that involves removing infected root tips and a minor amount of surrounding tissue.
Endodontic care focuses on saving your natural teeth whenever possible. A root canal is considered an endodontic procedure that involves removing infected pulp and replacing it with a biocompatible material to preserve your outer tooth structure. In some cases, a root canal requires retreatment, such as when the first root canal fails or when new oral health problems develop over time.
The Aesthetic Dental Centers team can effectively manage a wide range of complex oral problems. The Aesthetic Dental professionals create customized treatment plans and can help you determine the right treatment to resolve your dental concerns.
How Can Endodontics Help My Cracked Tooth?
You might have pain while chewing, tooth sensitivity to cold or hot items, and pain when biting down on your tooth if you have a cracked tooth and problems with the pulp.
A cracked tooth can become painful due to the micro-movements of the tooth pieces that happen when you chew. These micro-movements irritate your tooth pulp, and bacteria can enter through the cracks and infect the pulp.
When an infection develops, you might experience more frequent and consistent tooth pain. If you suspect a cracked tooth, visit Aesthetic Dental Centers for prompt endodontic treatment.
If you think you need endodontic care, call Aesthetic Dental Centers or book online. We proudly serve in Hackensack County, Morris County, Bergen County, and Rockland County.