Endodontic Care at Blue Sky Dental
Specialist dental care at our Chelmsford dental practice.
Endodontics is an area of dental care that deals specifically with the inner part of the tooth (endo coming from the Greek for ‘inside’). It is an area which can mean the difference between having to extract a tooth and being able to save it.
In Dr Bhavin Bhuva, we have, in our practice, a specialist endodontist who is highly trained and experienced in treating patients from all over Essex who need this treatment.
The inner tooth
The inner part of the tooth consists of the dental pulp and is where tiny blood vessels and the nerves are stored. As you might expect, when this area becomes infected, it can be extremely painful indeed. Whilst antibiotics might be useful in some cases where an abscess is present, the most effective method of dealing with this problem is with root canal treatment. Although this has attained a reputation of being painful, this is a myth, and, as with all invasive dental procedures, the localised area will be numbed using a strong local anaesthetic so that no pain is felt.
The purpose of the root canal procedure, performed by our endodontist, is to remove the infected inner pulp and replace it with a special type of filling. By doing this, the tooth can usually be saved, rather than extracted. To perform the procedure, once the local anaesthetic has taken effect, the top of the tooth is removed and the infected pulp removed and the interior cleaned with an antibacterial solution. This ensures that the inner tooth is then infection free.
The hollow tooth is then filled with a special dental filling and a crown attached to the tooth to give it a natural appearance and additional strength.
By performing this procedure, the endodontist at Blue Sky Dental will have successfully saved a tooth that would otherwise need to be extracted and replaced with a substitute such as a partial denture or dental implants. It should be noted that although the tooth will have been saved, it may not have the same level of strength as a healthy tooth, and whilst it should function normally in everyday use, care should be taken not to exert undue pressure on it such as trying to crack a nut, or similar object.
With a little care though and with good brushing and flossing around the tooth to help prevent gum disease, your treated tooth should give you many years of service.
For help with endodontic problems or for general dental enquiries in the Chelmsford area, please call Blue Sky Dental on 01245 211070.