What is Endodontic Therapy?

With the aid of a procedure known as endodontic therapy, you no longer have to undergo a tooth extraction to effectively treat your badly decayed tooth.

To attain a clear understanding of endodontic therapy, you may refer to the facts that we have listed below.

Definition

Endodontic therapy is a process that involves ridding your decayed tooth of its infected pulp as well as disinfecting, shaping, and covering that tooth’s canals.

Conducting endodontic therapy

During endodontic therapy, your dentist first finds out if the bone that surrounds your affected tooth is infected through X-rays. Upon evaluating your tooth, your dentist anesthetizes it and the surrounding tissues. He then uses a sheet of rubber to isolate your tooth. As soon as your tooth is isolated, your dentist creates an opening on it before proceeding to remove its pulp using small dental instruments. After extracting the pulp, your dentist applies antiseptic and antibacterial solutions to your tooth’s canals to eliminate bacteria from them. Once the canals are clean, your dentist shapes them. When your dentist finishes shaping the canals, he uses a root canal sealer and tooth-colored filling to cover them and the hole on your tooth respectively. Finally, your dentist covers your tooth with a crown to provide it with the necessary protection against further decay.

Risks of endodontic therapy

Your endodontically restored tooth may initially be more sensitive than your other teeth.

Lifespan of an endodontically restored tooth

Just like your natural teeth, an endodontically restored tooth can last a lifetime.

Dr. John Hucklebridge can supplement your knowledge on endodontic therapy. Feel free to drop by his office here at Plano Smile Studio or get in touch with him at (972) 398-2550.