Endodontics is a field of dentistry that is related to the interior of your tooth. Many people only think about the exterior of their teeth, but what’s on the inside is just as important. Your teeth contain delicate ligaments, nerve pulp, and roots.
If these delicate tissues become damaged or inflamed, you may have serious oral pain, and could even be at risk of losing your tooth.
At Smiles For Life Family Dentistry, Dr. John Quinn and Dr. Mitchell both have undergone specialized endodontic training. Unlike other dentists, they can perform a wide variety of endodontic treatments in-house, without requiring a referral to an outside endodontist.
Root Canal Therapy – The Most Common Endodontic Treatment
Root canals are, by far, the most common endodontic treatment. Root canals are used to treat teeth that have been severely damaged by infection. Infection is usually caused by advanced tooth decay, but may also be caused by an impact injury that exposes the nerve pulp to bacteria.
When a tooth becomes infected, the interior nerve pulp becomes inflamed, and begins to decay. This causes significant tooth pain, and can even cause inflammation of surrounding gum tissue, as well as symptoms like jaw pain and headaches.
The best way to treat an infected tooth is with a root canal. In this procedure, our team, led by Dr. Quinn or Dr. Mitchell, will create a small opening in the tooth, and remove infected dental pulp. The interior of the tooth will be cleaned thoroughly.
Then, the interior of the tooth is filled with a material called ‘gutta percha’, which supports the structure of the tooth. Finally, the entire tooth is capped with a dental crown.
Contrary to popular belief, root canals are not painful. The process is very similar to having a cavity filled, and is usually performed only under local anesthetic. The entire procedure usually takes less than an hour.
Other Common Endodontic Treatments
Root canals are not the only endodontic treatment. Other common procedures include:
- Apicoectomy – This surgery treats inflamed roots that were not treated properly by a root canal, due to depth or incorrect treatment. The root of the tooth is removed, and replaced by an amalgam filling or a composite resin. This removes the infection completely, and provides a stable base for the tooth.
- Endodontic Retreatment – Endodontic retreatment may be necessary if infection recurs after a root canal. If a treated tooth does not heal properly, or poor oral habits lead to the recurrence of tooth decay, endodontic retreatment is used to remove the source of infection.
- Traumatic Injury Treatments – Endodontic treatments are often required after traumatic injuries such as knocked out (avulsed) teeth, and to treat issues like loose or cracked teeth.
Come To Smiles For Life Family Dentistry For Endodontics In Las Vegas!
If you suspect you may need endodontic treatment because of tooth decay or an impact injury, you’ll want to come to Smiles For Life Family Dentistry.
We serve Las Vegas, Summerlin, and Spring Valley with specialized endodontic services, and we can help you understand the treatment that is the best for your particular needs.
With advanced technology such as CBCT, digital x-rays, and intraoral cameras, Dr. John Quinn and Dr. Mitchell can quickly diagnose your oral health problems, and provide you with expert care.
Call today for an appointment at (702) 795-2273, or drop by our office at 8930 W Sunset Rd Ste 190, Las Vegas, NV 89148.