Endodontic treatment, including the root canal procedure, is the reason that many patients can keep their smile intact! Practitioners in this field obtain extensive training on the tooth’s root system and learn how to preserve teeth even in cases of extreme damage. Dr. Susan Wood of Phoenix Endodontic Group discusses how endodontics can help patients.
The inside of your tooth contains a soft material called pulp. This pulp and the vessels and roots that join it can become damaged by a number of causes. Dr. Wood observes the most common reason a tooth becomes troubled enough to need a root canal: Typically it is from dental decay, but can also be from minor cracks or trauma as well. A root canal or other endodontic treatment can be used to clean out the infection or rebuild the tooth to keep it intact.
A root canal or other endodontic technique may help save a tooth even in extreme cases. When asked about the worst case she’s ever treated where the tooth was saved, Dr. Wood remembered a great example: A case that, by all intents and purposes appeared as a crack root. I extracted the tooth, and it was not fractured when viewed under microscope. I performed root end surgery and placed the tooth back in the socket and sutured it in place. That was five years ago and the patient still has the tooth in his head!! That procedure is called intentional replantation.
If a tooth is cracked, infected or has suffered some other type of incident, endodontic treatment is your best chance to restore your tooth and preserve your smile. It’s best to get treatment as early in the life of the problem as you can since treatment may then be less extensive, saving you time and money.
Don’t hesitate to call Phoenix Endodontic Group if you think you have a problem with a tooth. Whether you need a root canal or another type of procedure, Dr. Wood and her colleagues are your best chance of regaining your grin!