Endodontics is one of the nine recognized fields of dental specialty, and is focused on diagnosing and treatment problems within the dental pulp, or inner nerves of the tissue. Our experienced dentists may recommend an endodontic treatment if infection and decay cause damage to these inner tissues or to prevent the need for a tooth extraction.
Common endodontic treatments include:
If the inner portions of the tooth become infected, diseased or injured, you may experience significant pain and sensitivity, and if untreated the tooth will eventually die and need to be removed from your mouth. Endodontic treatment prevents this from occurring by removing the damaged tissues, restoring the health, strength and vitality of the tooth so that you can continue to use it.
Root canal therapy is the most common type of endodontic treatment and involves removing the injured tissues from the tooth, thoroughly cleaning it and filling it with a medicated material to prevent further infection. Endodontic treatments are often completed with the placement of a custom dental crown to protect the tooth in the future.
Other types of endodontic treatment include apicoectomy, pulpotomy (baby root canal), root canal retreatment and pulpal debridement.
For more information about endodontics in Arlington Heights, Illinois, and to schedule an appointment with our dentists at Northwestern Dental Group, give us a call today at 847-305-2442!