Endodontic dentistry specializes in techniques that are meant to save badly damaged teeth. Root canals are the main procedures, but dentists also preform root canal retreatments when a root canal fails, place crowns on to finish up root canal treatments, or do simple or surgical extractions when necessary.
A root canal is a last-ditch effort to save a tooth from extraction. We may recommend a root canal if an infection has spread to the “pulpy” center of the tooth that contains nerve endings and other connective tissues. Once the infection has been removed, we fill the canals with a rubber-like material called gutta-percha. A tooth that has received root canal treatment typically needs to be capped with a crown.
Discover how a root canal could save a tooth from being extracted.
There are two types of tooth extractions: simple and surgical. We perform a simple extraction on a tooth that has already erupted above the gumline. We perform a surgical extraction on a tooth that has become impacted, not yet to erupt, such as wisdom teeth; or has extensive destruction to the crown of the tooth. Extraction may be necessary to prevent the spread of infection and other complications.
Learn more about tooth extractions and when they are necessary.
Impacted Wisdom Teeth
Due to biological evolution and societal progress, most people no longer need a set of third molars. In many cases, there simply isn’t enough room left in the jaw to accommodate wisdom teeth. This may result in several complications.
Learn more about why wisdom teeth might have to be removed.
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