Endodontics is a specialized branch of dentistry that deals with the pulp that is located inside the root canal of each tooth. Therefore, an endodontic treatment is any treatment that involves working within the pulp.
The most common endodontic treatment is the root canal. A tooth can need a root canal if it becomes damaged through decay or injury. Since it is always best to save a natural tooth whenever possible, a root canal treatment provides the opportunity to save the tooth through removing the pulp. In this procedure, our Los Angeles endodontist drills an access hole into the affected tooth and removes the pulp that is inside from this point. The root canal is then flushed and cleaned once the pulp has been removed. The canal is filled with a rubber-like substance called gutta percha, and then it is fully restored by a crown that is placed on top of it for protection.
Another common endodontic treatment is the repairing of a cracked tooth. If you crack a tooth bad enough, the pulp can become exposed. If it is exposed for too long, you will ultimately lose the tooth. If you knock your tooth out, you can also expose the pulp of a tooth. If you are able to get your tooth to the endodontist within the hour, then your chances are much better for saving the tooth.
If any of the above conditions are affecting you, contact our expert in endodontic treatments in Los Angeles as soon as possible for treatment.