Tooth pain can indicate a problem inside your tooth deep within the pulp. At Horizon Family Dental Care, the experienced endodontics team specializes in procedures like root canals which treat the soft tissue inside a damaged or decayed tooth. With convenient locations in Baltimore, Clinton, and Hanover, Maryland, when you need prompt, personalized endodontics treatment, there’s a Horizon Family Dental Care near you. Call the office nearest you today to schedule an appointment or book online.
Endodontics Q & A
What is Endodontics?
Endodontics is the specialized branch of dentistry that focuses on diagnosing and treating problems inside a tooth. “Endo” means “inside” and “odont” means tooth in Greek. Endodontics focuses on the inside of your tooth, including the pulp and roots.
One of the most common endodontics procedures is a root canal in which your endodontist treats the soft tissue inside a decayed or damaged tooth for the purpose of saving the tooth. You may also need endodontic treatment if you suffer a trauma to your mouth, to perform surgery, or to place dental implants.
The job of your endodontic specialist at Horizon Family Dental Care is to help save and preserve your natural teeth.
What is the Dental Pulp?
The pulp is the innermost layer of your tooth. It includes living connective tissue and cells and houses the tooth’s nerves and blood vessels. If you get an infection inside your tooth, or you suffer trauma, you typically feel intense pain and sensitivity.
Left untreated, infected pulp can cause your tooth to die and require an extraction. The goal of endodontic treatment is to save the tooth, so you don’t have to have it pulled.
How Do I Know if I Need Endodontics Treatment for an Infected Tooth?
If you have an infected tooth, you’ll most likely suffer painful symptoms, including:
- Extreme sensitivity to hot and cold temperatures
- Tooth pain, especially when chewing food
- Throbbing pain around the infected tooth
- Pain in your jaw
- Red, inflamed gums
- Pus around the infected tooth
You may even have a bad taste in your mouth and bad breath if your tooth is infected. It’s important to seek treatment from one of the experienced endodontists at Horizon Family Dental Care before the infected tooth causes more complicated dental and overall health issues.
What Happens During a Root Canal?
Today’s endodontic treatment for a tooth that requires a root canal is very similar to getting a routine filling, so there’s no need to worry about a painful, traumatic experience. Additionally, the underlying philosophy of Horizon Family Dental Care is to keep you as comfortable as possible during every appointment and procedure, including root canals. Sedation is available to calm your anxieties and help you relax, as well.
During your root canal, your endodontist removes the diseased pulp, nerves, and tissue from inside your tooth. Then, your doctor fills the empty root canal and seals the tooth. The treatment relieves your pain and saves your tooth.
If you need specialized endodontics treatment, don’t wait. Call the Horizon Family Dental Care location nearest you, or book online.