Professional Endodontic Treatment in La Mesa  & Spring Valley

Taking Care of your tooth’s insides

When most people think teeth, they often envision the enamel on the outside and general dental care. Brushing and flossing help to maintain the hard part of your teeth. While enamel is an important part of tooth structure, a tooth is more complex than just the hard bits. For Hill and Schneidmiller patients looking for care a little deeper down, endodontics is what to look for. Any patient who has undergone treatment for a root canal has experienced endodontic care.

What Is Endodontic Treatment?

Endodontists work inside the teeth, not just on the outside. This means that infections affecting the inside of the teeth, particularly the roots, are addressed hopefully right at the cause. The tooth is made up of enamel on the outside, which covers dentin. Dentin is similar in structure to bones and can act as a transmitter for nerve cells. It is part of the outer portion of the roots of the tooth. Inside the dentin is the pulp tissue, which houses the sensitive roots, nerves, and blood vessels. The dentin and pulp tissue extend down to the root tips. 

The Inner Workings of the Teeth

Endodontic treatment involves treating problems related to the roots of the teeth. One symptom of an infection or other trouble is intense pain in a tooth. However, just because there is no pain does not mean there isn’t a problem. In fact, pain can go away over time and the infection can still get worse. This is why it is important to see your endodontist if you are having or had intense pain in your teeth. Some causes of root canal trouble include:

  • Tooth Decay. Decay in the teeth is often caused by poor oral hygiene. Improper brushing or flossing of the teeth can let bacteria continue to grow. The bacteria eventually eats away at the enamel of the teeth and continues to burrow down through the dentin and to the roots.
  • Dental Trauma. It could be from a sports injury or other collision, but dental trauma can lead to cracked teeth. Bacteria can then get to the inner workings of a tooth through the crack, leading to infection.

What to Expect With Endodontic Treatment

Most La Mesa dentistry uses root canals as endodontic treatment. While many patients might shy away at the very mention of the procedure, a root canal is actually very effective at relieving pain. In fact, the procedure is similar in comfort levels to getting a filling. Knowing what to expect with treatment can help to alleviate anxiety. At Hill and Schneidmiller, patients can expect:

  • Application of anesthesia at the site
  • An opening made in the surface of the tooth
  • The use of tiny instruments to remove damaged tissue
  • Cleaning of the internal passages
  • Insertion of a safe, inert filling material
  • Sealing of the opening

Although a root canal is probably the most well-known of endodontic treatments, there are other procedures that can also be used to address impacted, inflamed, or infected tissue around any teeth. Whether you need help with an abscessed tooth or an apicoectomy, our professionals can find the solution to ease your pain and get back normal use of your teeth.

 Is Endodontic Treatment Necessary?

Many patients might think that because the pain eventually goes away, there might not be a need to seek out endodontic treatment. However, if you leave infected pulp tissue without treatment, the condition can get worse. It can spread or lead to a more complex issue, such as an abscessed tooth or tooth loss. With endodontic treatment, however, patients stand a better chance of keeping their natural teeth and preventing the spread of infection.

Get Rid of Your Root Canal Woes

 Come visit our endodontic professionals to cure your root canal woes. As the “dental home” of La Mesa & Spring Valley, we treat you like a member of our own family. Contact us by phone by calling (619) 460-8211. You can also request an appointment online.

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