Endodontics, the specialized branch of dentistry that focuses on the diagnosis and treatment of issues within the tooth pulp, plays a vital role in safeguarding natural teeth in several ways:
1. Diagnosing Dental Issues
Endodontists use technology like digital imaging or CBCT scan to identify problems early on and develop targeted treatment plans tailored to your specific needs helping to preserve the natural dentition.
2. Treating the Infected Tooth
Removal of Infected Tissues
Once the problem areas are identified, endodontists use specialized tools and techniques to remove infected or damaged tissue from the root canals. This step is crucial for eliminating harmful bacteria and preventing the further spread of infection.
Proper Sealing with Biocompatible Materials
After thoroughly cleaning the affected area, endodontists use biocompatible materials like gutta-percha to fill the space left by removed tissue. This ensures that no harmful bacteria can re-enter the tooth.
Restoration for Long-Term Durability
A coronal restoration is an important part of successful endodontic treatment. After the root canal therapy, you will return to your general dentist for a filling and crown to protect the treated tooth. Studies show that the time of crown placement after endodontic treatment affects the survival rate of the tooth.
Root canal treatment offers a host of benefits by preserving the functionality, aesthetics, and alignment of natural teeth. By addressing issues within the tooth pulp, endodontists help you maintain your natural smile and avoid the potential complications associated with tooth loss.