Endodontic Treatments at Palmetto Family Dental
Every smile tells a story, and at Palmetto Family Dental, we've been privileged to be a part of thousands of them.
What is endodontics?
Endodontics is a branch of dentistry focused on the diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of diseases of the dental pulp and surrounding tissues. It's essential for saving damaged or infected teeth, preventing the need for tooth extractions.
Why might I need an endodontic treatment?
Endodontic treatments are typically required when the dental pulp, the innermost part of the tooth, becomes inflamed or infected. Causes can include deep decay, repeated dental procedures on the same tooth, or a crack or chip in the tooth.
What are common endodontic procedures?
The most well-known endodontic procedure is a root canal, which removes the infected pulp and seals the tooth. Other treatments include endodontic retreatment, apicoectomy, and treating dental trauma. These procedures aim to save the tooth and prevent future dental issues.
What can I expect after an endodontic treatment?
After treatment, the tooth may feel sensitive for a few days, but this discomfort can be managed with over-the-counter pain medications. It's essential to follow post-treatment care instructions and schedule regular dental check-ups to ensure the treated tooth remains healthy.