When you need endodontic treatment, you may find that your dentist needs to refer you to a root canal specialist. Because this particular therapy involves treating the canals inside of your teeth — which house nerve tissue — and that some of those teeth have multiple or curved roots, it can be a tedious procedure for your family dentist to complete. Seeing an endodontist means you’ll have a professional with specialized equipment and years of experience, ensuring the best possible outcome. During a root canal, the infected nerve inside of your tooth is removed. Then, we clean and sterilize the hollow chambers left behind to ensure that all bacteria are eliminated. Finally, the canals are filled, sealing off the inside of the tooth and preventing reinfection; the filling material extends from the tip of the root up to the crown of the tooth. Because the enamel is no longer vital, you’ll need a crown over the tooth to protect it against wearing down or chipping apart over time.
Why Do I Need Endodontic Treatment?
There are a number of reasons why a tooth might need a root canal. Some of the most common ones that we see involve:
- Dental abscesses
- Deep areas of tooth decay
- Past trauma to the tooth
- Tooth death
- Retreating a failed root canal
- Severe pain or hypersensitivity
- Cracked teeth