Root Canal Safety Video
AAE Root Canal Safety
Endodontics or Root Canal Therapy
AAE Root Canal Treatment Step by Step
Our primary goal is to save your natural teeth whenever possible. Our practice specializes in Endodontics, commonly referred to as root canal therapy. Endodontics is the treatment to remove the nerve and pulp tissues of the tooth. When root canal therapy is preformed, the tooth and the roots are thoroughly cleaned and shaped to remove all pulp tissue. Once the canals are completely cleaned, they are filled with a biocompatible material, typically gutta-percha. Root canals are most often necessary when decay has reached the nerve of the tooth or the tooth has become infected. People have anywhere from 1 to 4 canals in a tooth. Extra canals may branch out and are called “accessory canals.” The number of canals and anatomy of a tooth can vary. The word “endo” comes from the Greek language and means “inside” or within. Endodontists work with the “inside” of a tooth.
AAE Endodontic Retreatment Explained
Occasionally, a tooth that was previously treated may develop new problems. In some cases a tooth that has received endodontic treatment fails to heal or continues to have pain. You may have another chance to save the tooth with a second endodontic procedure.
AAE Endodontic Surgery
Typically due to infection, it may be necessary to surgically treat an abscessed tooth. This is known as an apical surgery or an apicoectomy. During this procedure, the infected root tips are removed and sealed to allow for normal bone healing. Sutures are placed and an ice pack is typically applied for the first 24 hours. In addition, medication is prescribed to help alleviate any pain or discomfort. Plan to rest for the remainder of the day. Most patients will have some minor swelling and occasional bruising along with temporary numbness after the surgery. If any problems arise, we have a doctor on call 24/7. Please do not hesitate to contact us.
Symptoms of a cracked tooth are varied and may include pain when chewing, temperature sensitivity or pressure sensitivity or a combination of these. Because the pain often comes and goes, it can be very difficult to recognize what is causing the problem. It can sometimes even be difficult to identify exactly which tooth is causing the discomfort.Even small movement of the cracked tooth pieces during chewing can cause irritation to the tooth’s pulp, which causes pain. Similarly, when the bite is released, the crack can close quickly, causing sharp pain. Over time, the tooth pulp will become damaged. As this happens, the tooth will hurt more consistently. Cracks can sometimes lead to infections in the pulp tissue and spread to the surrounding gum and bone.
Nitrous oxide, sometimes referred to as “laughing gas,” is an effective and safe sedation agent that is inhaled through a mask that fits over your nose to help you relax. Mixed with oxygen, Nitrous oxide allows you to breathe normally through your nose and within minutes you should start to feel the effects. You may feel light-headed or a tingling in your arms and legs. Some patient’s comment that their legs and arms feel heavy. Ultimately, you should feel comfortable and calm. The effects of nitrous oxide wear of quickly after the small mask is removed. Talk to the doctor about whether nitrous oxide would be a good option for you.
Conscious oral sedation is an alternative minimal sedation that allows you to remain awake but relaxed. For people who have a fear of dental procedures, conscious sedation may take away some of the anxiety. The doctor will combine the use of oral sedation along with a local anesthetic so you have little to no discomfort. You should plan to have someone bring you to the appointment and be available to drive you home following treatment.