When you visit our office for your Endodontic Consultation, our team will perform a comprehensive examination to diagnose orofacial pain and pulpal injury. This will allow Dr. Eric C. K. Law to determine if the tooth affected a good candidate for an endodontic treatment.
Your teeth are made up of many different parts including the enamel on the outside, the dentin in the middle and the pulp at the center of your tooth. The dental pulp is made up of nerves and blood vessels and other living cells that provide your tooth with important nutrients. The healthy dental pulp is essential to keeping the rest of the tooth healthy. If the pulp in your tooth is damaged, you may experience pain in your mouth and your tooth may be vulnerable to decay and other problems.
Endodontics is the dental specialty that focuses on the health of the dental pulp. While there are treatments available that can replace an extracted tooth. In order to save an original tooth, it is essential to keep the dental pulp healthy. If the dental pulp becomes injured or infected, it can cause serious problems. The most common endodontic procedure is called a “root canal”. Endodontic treatment involves removing an infected or inflamed pulp. Once the infected or inflamed pulp is removed, the tooth is cleaned and disinfected. Then it is filled and sealed to protect the inside layer of the tooth.
At NW Endodontics, saving the original tooth is a high priority with our team. Keeping your original tooth gives you the most natural appearance, makes chewing easier, keeps normal sensations when you bite and protects surrounding teeth from excess wear and strain. If you want to save your original tooth, it is wise to seek out an endodontist.
An endodontist is a dental specialist who has 2 to 3 years of additional advanced specialty training beyond the 4 years of general dental school.