Endodontics is the part of Dentistry that deals with the etiology, diagnosis, preservation and treatment of infected dental pulp (nerve) and its complications.
This consists in the disinfection and sealing of the tooth’s ducts to maintain an environment free of microorganisms, in order to stimulate the repair and the biological function of the tissues.
We have the latest technological advances to more easily and safely access uni or multiarticular tooth ducts, such as: Mechanized instrumentation, Digital Radiology, Apical Locators.
The treatment of endodontics or treatment of the duct or channels
The treatment when performed on anterior teeth, whether they are “incisors and canines” that have a single canal, is called uniradicular endodontics. When it is performed on the molars and premolars, which can sometimes present multiple amounts of ducts, it is called multiradical endodontics, the degree of complexity being much greater in the latter case.
The endodontic or root canal , begins by removing the damaged areas of the tooth. This treatment is done under local anaesthesia.
The dentist removes the tissue inside the pulp chamber and cleans all nerve tissue from the root canals. This is done to eliminate the pain of the damaged piece and to remove the infected tissue. It consists in the extirpation of the vital tissue of the piece, called “dental pulp” (package of veins, arteries and nerve), contained inside and that runs along the ducts of the dental roots.
Endodontics represents a very important treatment to avoid the loss of severely damaged and compromised teeth, achieving in this way to keep them in the mouth once they have been rehabilitated, and which otherwise would have to be extracted.
Is endodontics a painful treatment?
The endodontic treatment stopped causing pain decades ago, with the technology and modern anaesthetics, endodontics is a painless treatment .
The toothache can be caused by damaged tissues in the tooth. Endodontics removes this damaged tissue from the tooth, thus relieving pain.
Are teeth more fragile after endodontics?
Yes, the tooth that is not restored is susceptible to a fracture, so you should see your dentist as soon as possible once the endodontic treatment is finished. In few cases, a correctly restored tooth treated with endodontics can suffer a fracture after a time due to loss of restoration, decay or other predisposing factors, among which bruxism is found.
Alternative treatments to endodontics
The alternative is the extraction of the piece and since it is an irreversible decision, the dentist will always propose the completion of the endodontics, provided it is not too late and the piece is badly damaged. There is nothing better than the tooth itself.