Dentists are specialized in various concentrations, one of which is endodontics dentistry, who practice the medicine of saving teeth by ridding the tooth of infection buried along the root system of the tooth. This specialized work spares the tooth by preventing infection from spreading or returning.
Maintaining healthy roots is critical to overall oral health, and indeed, critical for overall well-being. Unchecked, infection in the oral cavity can spread into the body via the blood stream.
Patients experiencing painful inflammation associated with damaged pulp in the root canal, can gain relief and benefit from the expertise of endodontic treatment; and yet, before going in for treatment – or perhaps to avoid the need for it altogether – it’s useful to explore a few oral health care tips from the professionals and consult with an endodontist to fully understand the best course of action.
An experienced endodontist can offer pain-relief fast with procedures designed to preserve the tooth while skillfully removing all infection and decay from the tooth. If the tooth is broken or damaged in any way, the endodontist can address the weak areas of the tooth and build it up to prevent future bacteria from invading the tooth, and so avoiding future infections and pain.
While most teeth requiring root canals have decay, some teeth have no decay. The tooth may be cracked or broken, may have developed infection, but all broken teeth do not necessarily have decay. Some teeth are genetically prone to cracking and breaking, due to thin enamel. Other elements and behaviors can weaken teeth over time, such as an accident or an injury. Medications and eating disorders can be particularly damaging to the tooth enamel. Health issues affecting the gums, can also damage the teeth. Endodontists can often stabilize the damage primarily by addressing any infection present in the roots. It is infection, which causes painful aching and swelling and this is, again, is where a skillful endodontist can alleviate the suffering and again, offer pain-relief fast. Two useful tips from the professionals about behaviors to avoid are that the teeth should never be used to open objects, nor should they be used to eat excessively hard items.
One procedure that endodontists utilize quite frequently is the root canal treatment, which punctures the infected pulp area of the tooth's root and replaces the infection with a synthetic filling. The tooth is then completely covered and sealed with a dental crown, protecting the tooth from further damage.
The crowns the endodontist use are usually porcelain or golden tooth-shaped shells, molded to mimic the original tooth's shape. After the canal treatment, the endodontist will cover the repaired tooth with a temporary mold until the golden or porcelain mold is prepared. The time between the procedure and the crown preparation, allows the gums and the supporting jawbones to heal.
Ultimately, any dentist and/or endodontist will tell you that the best way to prevent root damage and infection is by stringently following these simple tips from the professionals: brush, floss, rinse and check your teeth regularly for the best results.