November 26, 2019 Endodontics0

Endodontists are dentists who have additional training in diagnosing and performing root canal treatment through endodontic therapy (ED)– procedures that involve PULP. Like many medical terms, the word “endodontic” is a Greek term––comes from “endo” (inside) and “odont” meaning tooth.

What is Root Canal Therapy?

RCT is the last effort to restore a patient’s natural teeth. It is not everyone’s cup of tea, and endodontists can only perform it. RCT may be needed when the patient’s tooth’s pulp is severely infected (as a result of a traumatic injury or untreated tooth decay), and a normal filling cannot cure it.

To perform RCT, a small hole is made in the affected tooth to remove the dead pulp tissue and then replace it with sterile, latex-free, non-pyrogenic biocompatible filler. Later, the tooth is seal against reinfection.

Is RCT Painful?

No, it’s not. The endodontist performs the procedure normally and under local anesthesia, and by using tiny dental instruments ––a microscope–is a must-have.

Despite some myths, RCT rarely causes more than temporary discomfort; yet it relieves the pain of pulp inflammation. The success rate of RCT is about 95 percent—which means saving a patient’s natural tooth that would otherwise be taken out. Since protecting the natural teeth is a primary goal of advanced dentistry, an endodontist is in high demand indeed.

Diagnoses and Treats Pain

Along with performing RCT, an endodontist is a specialist in treating oral pain such as toothaches or fractured teeth, which are often difficult to pinpoint. And when they discover that a tooth becomes decayed, they perform RCT. All dentists got training in ED; however, some tooth pain can be particularly challenging to diagnose or treat and are only refer to endodontic specialists.

Patients should visit an endodontist when they suffer from:

  • Tissue inflammation inside the pulp
  • Abscess
  • Infection

These are commonly caused by:

  • Cracks
  • Chips
  • Deep cavities–– those that were left untreated, allowing the cavity to grow for a long time and spread to the pulp
  • Dental traumatic injuries

These conditions may cause the symptoms as follows:

  • Sudden and sharp tooth pain, when pressure is placed on the infected tooth
  • Tooth discoloration
  • A dull ache in the jaw
  • Facial pain
  • Sensitivity to both hot and cold temperatures
  • Tenderness of gums and tooth
  • Swelling of gums near the affected tooth


In performing their duties, endodontists carry out different treatments and use several tools, including digital imaging technologies. Moreover, they perform the following procedures.

  • Endodontic therapy, aka root canal therapy (RCT)
  • Endodontic retreatment––can either be a simple treatment or more aggressive procedure, depends on the person’s medical condition.
  • Oral surgery
  • Treatment of cracked or damaged teeth
  • Treatment of dental trauma

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November 26, 2019 Endodontics0

Root canal (also known as endodontic treatment, endodontic therapy, or root canal therapy) is a treatment dentist performs to eliminate bacteria from the infected tooth. It prevents reinfection and saves the natural tooth. When a patient undergoes an RCT, he or she gets rid of the infected or inflamed pulp, and the tooth becomes stain-free from inside. Later, the tooth is filled and sealed to prevent any further damage. In short, an RCT brings the patient back to smiling, chewing and biting with ease in no time.

How to Know If a Person Needs a Root Canal?

There are a few symptoms that mean a patient might need a root canal

  • Pimples on the gums
  • Swollen or tender gums
  • Severe pain while biting or chewing
  • A chipped or cracked tooth
  • Lingering sensitivity to cold or hot
  • Darkening or  deep decay of the gums


Is RCT Painful?

Dentists give patients anesthesia before the start of the treatment. So, it isn’t painful as compared to the other regular dental procedures, like getting a wisdom tooth removed or filling. However, the treatment is generally a bit numb or sore, and can even cause mild pain or discomfort for a few days.


Advantages of Root Canal

A modern RCT is nothing like those old sayings! The procedure is very similar to a routine filling, and a patient needs one or two sittings, depending on the tooth condition and personal circumstances. Let’s see how saving the natural tooth with RCT has many advantages:

  1. Protects other teeth from excessive strain or damage:

An infection causes tooth decay. With RCT, the bacterium that causes the infection gets cleaned so that the tooth will be disinfected and healthy from inside out. When the dentist treats an infected tooth, no room is left for the bacteria to spread. Moreover, RCT protects the decontaminated tooth from future infection or microbial invasion.

  1. Normal biting force and sensation:

Severe tooth decay affects the oral health of a patient. A person might feel little sensation every time he or she will have a meal.  RCT brings the tooth back to the normal biting force, and there’s no sensation to the hot or cold.

  1. Cost-effective:

Tooth extraction can take a longer time than RCT due to follow-up appointments, bridge or implant, and the implant cost to replace the tooth afterward is more expensive. Also, extraction can lead to misaligned teeth, malocclusion, and difficulty chewing. Whereas, getting a root canal is safe, painless and cost-effective.

Can a Root Canal Fail?

Fortunately, most RCT are successful. However, some are unsuccessful, and a patient can experience severe pain. There are a few basic reasons why this happens:

  • poor oral or dental hygiene
  • the restoration begins to leak
  • presence of an extra canal and that goes unnoticeable by the dentist
  • breakdown of the tooth over time
  • vertical cracks in the tooth
  • an obstruction; a curved root canal––prevents inside cleaning of the canal
  • dentist or endodontist error


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Suffering from an infected tooth is not bad for your natural appearance but can cause a severe threat to overall oral health. Treating tooth decay with RCT can help improve your well-being, and ensuring good oral health for the future, provided you take care of it.

If you’re looking for the best root canal specialist in San Diego, do visit Orange Family Dental. We have a team of qualified dentist who is committed to protecting your well-being while maintaining a beautiful smile. RCT offers unlimited benefits than you might realize. And at OFD, this treatment is not just beneficial, but it is also budget-friendly.

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March 13, 2019 Endodontics0

Majority of the people would shun the idea of having oral or dental treatment including root canal therapy. We should instinctively protect and take care of our face because it is one of the most sensitive parts of our body.

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