Endodontics involves dental procedures that concern the interior portion of your teeth, and the decay or damage that may affect them. When you’re in need of an endodontic procedure, rest assured that you are in good hands with Dr. Jason Mahoney of Big Country Family Dental. Men and women from the Haskell, Texas, area turn to Big Country for all of their dental needs, endodontics included. To schedule an appointment, use the fast and simple online tool, or call the office today.
Endodontics is a dental specialty that focuses on the inner portion of your teeth. While the outer, visible layer is covered in hard enamel, there are other tissues that lie beneath.
Just below your enamel is a layer of dentin, which is a hard, living tissue. Next lies the pulp, which is a softer tissue filled with nerves and blood vessels that carry nutrients throughout the tooth.
Endodontics focuses on treating issues within the pulp of your teeth.
A root canal is the most common endodontic procedure, and advancements in technology have made root canals far more comfortable than in decades past.
Root canals address infection in the pulp of a tooth. Your pulp can become infected due to an injury to the tooth, or because of decay. If caught early enough, a root canal can “save” your natural tooth.
The process begins with a local anesthetic to numb the tooth and surrounding area. Next, an opening is made in the upper portion of the tooth.
Dr. Mahoney uses a series of small files to clean out the infected pulp and debris from the interior portion of your tooth. The chamber is then washed clean, and an antibacterial medication might be used to reduce the risk of additional infection.
Once the inner chamber is prepared, a special material called gutta percha is used to fill the empty space. The opening in the top portion of your tooth is closed.
A dental lab creates a customized crown to cover the repaired tooth. Once it arrives, you return to the office to have it checked for fit and cemented into place, which completes the restoration.
Once your root canal is complete and your new crown is in place, your tooth is fully restored and will look and function like your natural teeth. You may need to return for a follow-up visit to ensure that there is no new infection in that tooth.
Good dental hygiene habits are all that’s needed to care for your root canal. Brush and floss thoroughly, and schedule routine dental exams at Big Country. Avoid using your teeth as tools, and don’t bite down on hard things or chew ice.
It is important to note that your tooth will be incredibly vulnerable after the root canal but before your crown arrives. During this period of time, take extreme care not to bite down on the tooth or place undue stress on the area.
To find out if you need endodontic care, call or schedule an appointment online with Big Country Family Dental.