What is endodontics?
Endodontics is a branch of dentistry recognized by the Canadian Dental Association. The practice of endodontics encompasses the diagnosis, prevention and treatment of diseases and injuries of the pulp and surrounding tissues. When you look at your tooth in the mirror, what you see is the crown. The rest of the tooth, the portion hidden beneath the gum line, is called the root. Though the outer portion of the root is a hard tissue called dentin, the inside channel or “root canal” contains a pulp of soft tissue, blood vessels and nerves. Bacteria that are introduced into the pulp as a result of tooth decay, periodontal disease or tooth cracks which can severely damage the pulp. When that happens, endodontic treatment of the diseased pulp will save the tooth and prevent further infection and inflammation.
I’m worried about x-rays. Should I be?
While x-rays will be necessary during your endodontic treatment, we use an advanced non-film computerized system, called digital radiography, that produces radiation levels up to 90 percent lower than those of already low dose conventional dental x-ray equipment. These digital images can be optimized, archived, printed and sent to your dentist electronically or on digital media.
What about cross-infection?
We adhere to rigorous standards of infection control protocols as directed by the Alberta Dental Association and College and Alberta Health Services.
What happens after treatment?
When your root canal therapy has been completed, a record of your treatment will be sent to your dentist. You will be contacted by their office for follow-up restoration of your tooth within a few weeks of completion of treatment in our office. Your restorative dentist will decide on what type of restoration is necessary to protect your tooth. It is rare for endodontic patients to experience complications after routine endodontic treatment or surgery. If you have questions or concerns, please contact our office immediately at Edmonton Office Phone Number 780-425-8930.
What new technologies are being used?
CBCT (cone beam computed tomography) is the newest imaging modality used in endodontics. In contrast to traditional radiographic methods, CBCT allows for visualization of the tooth and surroundings tissues as a 3-D representation.It has proved to be a valuable aid in both diagnostics and treatment procedures.
As with all aspects of heathcare, technology has revolutionized how we perform treatment. Such is the case with the use of the operating microscope. The magnification and intense illumination aids greatly in performing treatment objectives.
The use of this modern armanentarium facilitates predictable and efficient treatment.
Electronic Apex Locators:
This device reduces the amount of radiographic images required to perform treatment.
Reduced exposure required compared to the conventional radiographic film technique.