- Category: General Dentistry
Endodontic Root Canal Procedure
Pulp therapy, also referred to as a pulpectomy, is a fairly common non-surgical procedure in endodontics where the dental pulp is extracted from its chamber in order to treat oral pain that may be caused by teeth with narrow or blocked canals and whose positioning may be problematic
In some cases however, the removal of abnormal pathological tissues, the replacement of knocked out teeth and the repair of cracked teeth may require surgical endodontic treatment such as the following:
- An apicoectomy is the process in which the root tip is surgically removed along with any encompassing infected tissue of a tooth that is abscessed. This procedure is also referred to as a root-end resection.
- A hemisection is an endodontic surgical procedure that is used to cut a tooth with two roots in half. This procedure is done when periodontal disease has reached the roots of the gum and root canal treatment has failed. It is a procedure which is seldom done, but there are some circumstances which call for it.
- Bicuspidization is a surgical procedure in which a multi-rooted tooth is sectioned through the furcation (the forked end of the tooth) and both halves of the tooth are retained.
- Root end filling
- Oral implants extend throughout the root canal to the periapical bone structure located at the tip of the tooth root, whereas some implants are simply anchored directly into the jawbone or gum tissue.
- Bleaching the enamel or dentin
- Teeth that were previously treated via root canal and require re-treatment
- The posts and/or cores are placed to restore and strengthen each tooth. A core is composed of dental restorative and placed by a dentist in order to replace much of a tooth’s lost crown, which is the part of the tooth located above the gum line. Loss in the crown requiring a need for core placement can be caused by decay, fracture and previous root canal treatment. Cores are placed with dental filling material or other dental bonding restoratives. A post is a metal or carbon-fiber anchor used to stabilize the core of the tooth. A post is drilled by a dentist so that it follows the path of the filling material that was placed during root canal treatment. The post is only necessary and can only be placed if the patient has previously had root canal treatment. The post is drilled first, then the core is placed on top so that a crown can be placed, thereby fully restoring the tooth.