Endodontic dentistry deals with the central interior portion of the tooth, which includes the pulp portion of the tooth that contains the nerves and other “living” tissue, and the root of the tooth. These dentists are sometimes called endodontists, and they perform an array of procedures, including root canal therapy, apicoectomy, and dental implant surgery. Seeing a dentist with skills and experience in endodontics ensures you’ll receive comprehensive care for all your dental needs.
A root canal removes the central portion of the tooth (called the pulp) if it’s damaged or infected. The pulp contains blood vessels, nerves, and connective tissues in narrow channels or canals that extend from the center of the tooth to the tip of the tooth root. Root canal procedures preserve the tooth so it doesn’t have to be pulled.
During the root canal procedure, Dr. Mori uses special instruments to remove the damaged or infected pulp, then seals the canals and fills the space to stabilize the tooth. Finally, he prepares your tooth for a crown, which is needed to provide additional strength for the tooth. You’ll need to return to the office for a second visit so the temporary crown can be replaced with your permanent crown.
An apicoectomy removes the tip of a tooth’s root (called the root apex) when it’s infected. Such infections are rare, but when they do occur, Dr. Mori can perform an apicoectomy to remove the root tip and any damaged or infected surrounding tissue. Then, he’ll seal the root to prevent reinfection of the area.
Infection or damage deep inside your tooth typically causes symptoms like:
If an infection has spread to the soft gum tissues, your gums may be sore and swollen. If you have any tooth pain, it’s important to call the office right away so your pain can be evaluated and treated before more serious issues develop.