Exploring the inside of your tooth with endodontics
You probably hardly ever think about it, but there is a whole complex system of tissue, blood vessels and nerves beneath the surface of every tooth. This tissue, known as the pulp, keeps a tooth functioning and healthy but will cause you trouble if it becomes infected.
The causes of infections are tooth decay or an extensive dental injury that has advanced to the pulp of your teeth. The area becomes inflamed and infected, and is often accompanied with a searing pain stemming from the nerves.
The role of our endodontist at St Paul’s Square Dental is to preserve the tooth, often with root canal treatments.
The difference between an endodontist and a dentist
Missing teeth are common, especially as we grow older and thanks to prosthetic replacements, we no longer have to live with a mouth with gaps.
But, if there was a chance, would you not prefer to save your natural tooth?
Endodontists in Birmingham are experts of the soft tissue found inside each tooth - their job is to treat pain and diagnose the problem, often through surgery.
In the event of a toothache or sensitivity, most people visit a dentist, which is a good start. The pain might be caused by cavities or gingivitis which a general dental practitioner is qualified to treat.
However, the pain of an infected tooth is unlike any other, it lingers, causes extreme discomfort and cannot be easily relieved. These troubles go beyond the scope of your local dentist and require endodontic work.
Endodontists are highly specialised. Like dentists, they study for five years at dental school, followed by another three years of post-graduate training with a keen focus on pain management.
Their role is not to clean your teeth and fill holes, but to find the source of your pain, treat it accordingly, and to salvage your pearly whites if deemed possible. If an endodontist cannot save your tooth, then no type of dentist can.
There is a lot of hype about root canal surgery
Why it is necessary
The idea of undergoing root canal surgery scares a lot of people, but to prevent tooth loss, it is sometimes a necessary evil.
How it is done
The endodontist makes a tiny hole in the tooth and removes all of the infected tissue and then fills the space where the tissue was with a sterile filler, before resealing the tooth to prevent further infection.
The procedure is performed using anaesthesia that numbs pain while using state of the art microscopic technology. The said technology works quickly to find the source of the infection, even if it comes from deep within the tooth.
The mouth might feel tender and sensitive after the surgery, which you can treat with painkillers.
You may notice that there are various pieces of equipment in an endodontist's treatment room. These devices - ultrasounds, fibre-optics illuminators and other high-tech gadgets are used because the space in which the medical expert operate is so small - he or she is dealing with the interconnected canal system, the epicentre, of one single tooth - which requires a close examination of all of its parts.
Suffered a mouth injury? Extensive damage to the pulp of a tooth could mean unfortunate tooth loss. Thanks to the advances of endodontics, however, your tooth could be saved with root canal surgery.