You should look into receiving the utmost dental care to maintain healthy oral hygiene. Choosing the right treatment for tooth decay is one of the most important steps to ensure you receive the dental work necessary to save your teeth. Here's a quick overview of the three primary endodontic treatments you should be familiarized with in case of emergencies.
Root Canal Treatment
Root canal treatment is a dental procedure used to treat tooth decay, gum infection, leaky fillings, and other dental trauma. It's a painless treatment to save a tooth that would otherwise have to be obliterated.
Moreover, it's the most common procedure to handle any moderate to severe dental cases. In this treatment, the endodontic specialists perform surgery on the infected tooth to access the root canal. After that, the infected area of the teeth is removed to be filled with a temporary filling. Once healed, it is replaced with a permanent filling while the tooth is effectively sealed to prevent any recurrence of infection.
In some cases, your teeth that have had root canal treatment might not heal as they should. In that case, an additional procedure has to be performed to promote healing while diminishing the pain. During retreatment, the endodontics re-open your treated tooth and remove the initially-placed filling to look for any additional canals or new infections.
Sometimes, a nonsurgical root canal can't be enough to salvage the infected tooth. In that case, endodontists recommend surgery to locate the tiniest fractures or hidden canals that remained previously undetected in the X-ray report. Furthermore, you may require another surgery to remove calcium deposits in the root canals to treat the damaged areas.
At Oak Endodontics & Implant Dentistry, Ahmed Matri, DDS and can determine which endodontic procedure is the right fit for you. For more information or to schedule an appointment, you can call us at (703) 272-4389 today.