What is endodontics?
Endodontics is a branch of dentistry recognized by the American and Canadian Dental Associations involving treatment of the pulp (the root canal) and surrounding tissues of the tooth. When you look at your tooth in the mirror, what you see is the crown. The rest of the tooth, the portion hidden beneath the gum line, is called the root. Though the outer portion of the root is a hard tissue called dentin, the inside channel (the root canal) contains a pulp of soft tissue, blood vessels, and nerves. Bacteria that are introduced into the pulp as a result of tooth decay, periodontal disease, tooth fracture, or other problems, can severely damage the pulp. When that happens, an endodontic specialist removes the diseased pulp and disinfects the canals. This will prevent further infection and inflammation. After successful endodontic treatment, the tooth is restored by the general dentist and continues to perform normally.
I’m worried about x-rays. Should I be?
No. While X-rays will be necessary during your endodontic treatment, we use an advanced non-film computerized system, called digital radiography, that produces radiation levels up to 90% lower than those of already low-dose conventional dental X-ray machinery. These digital images can be optimized, archived, printed, and sent to co-therapists via e-mail. For more information click here
What about infection CONTROL?
We adhere to the most rigorous standards of infection control advocated by Canada Health, the Centers for Disease Control, and the Canadian Dental Association. We utilize autoclave sterilization and barrier techniques to eliminate any risk of infection. Our autoclaves are tested regularly to insure their performance.
What happens after treatment?
When your root-canal therapy has been completed, a record of your treatment will be sent to your restorative dentist. You should contact his office for a follow-up restoration as soon as possible. Your restorative dentist will decide on what type of restoration is necessary to protect your tooth. It is rare for endodontic patients to experience complications after routine endodontic treatment or microsurgery. If a problem does occur, however, we are available to respond.
What new technologies are being used?
In addition to digital radiography, we utilize special operating microscopes. Magnification and fiber optic illumination are helpful in aiding the endodontist to see tiny details inside your tooth. Also, a tiny video camera on the operating microscope can record images of your tooth to further document the doctor’s findings. As a specialist office, we have virtually acquired every possible piece of equipment, instrument, material, or accessory necessary to deliver the highest quality care to improve the outcome of your treatment.