Root Canal (Endodontics) in Belmont, CA
Dr. Nicole Barkordar - Endodontist
What is Endodontics?
Endodontics, or root canal therapy, is a common dental procedure performed to save your natural tooth and prevent the need of dental implants or bridges. At the center of your tooth is the tooth’s pulp, which can become infected due to trauma to the tooth, deep decay, or fractures. Root canal treatment is necessary to treat and save the tooth.
What is Root Canal Treatment?
A root canal is a treatment used to repair and save a tooth that is badly decayed or becomes infected. During a root canal procedure, the pulp is removed and the inside of the tooth is cleaned and sealed. Without treatment, the tissue surrounding the tooth will become infected and an abscess may form.
Who is an endodontist?
An Endodontist is a dentist who has undergone a minimum of 2 years of extra postgraduate training in endodontic treatment. Although general dentists can perform root canals, patients are often referred to an Endodontist to perform these procedures due to our additional training.
Endodontists treat disease of the dental pulp and supporting structures, and diagnose facial pain and related problems.
Signs and Symptoms
Indications for treatment include swelling or tenderness of the tooth, discoloration of the tooth, sensitivity to temperature, or pain in the tooth and gums. Sometimes there are no symptoms if the nerve is no longer viable.
How can Endodontic treatment help me?
Dr. Barkhordar believes that it is important that patients understand why they require treatment and what the treatment involves. She takes time to explain the procedure to each patient, so that they feel comfortable, informed, and able to obtain the best possible outcome.
The Endodontist removes the inflamed or infected pulp, carefully cleans and shapes the canal system and then seals the root of the tooth. Once treatment is completed, you will return to your dentist for a permanent restoration. The restoration of the tooth is an important part of treatment because it seals the cleaned canals from the oral environment, protects the tooth, and restores it to function.
What is retreatment?
Although rare, a tooth that has undergone endodontic treatment may need retreatment. This is necessary if the tooth fails to heal, or pain continues to despite therapy. The tooth often can be maintained through the procedure of retreatment (second endodontic therapy).
What is Endodontic Microsurgery?
Generally, a root canal is all that is needed to save teeth with injured or infected pulps. However, this non-surgical procedure may be insufficient to eliminate the infection and the tooth may require surgical intervention in order to save it. Endodontic microsurgery is also a treatment option to locate fractures or hidden canals that do not appear on x-rays but still manifest pain in the tooth.
The procedure involves removing the tip of the root to clear bacteria, cleaning the root, and filling the root canal space to seal it. This prevents reinfection and allows the bone to heal naturally around the root, restoring full function.
Interested in learning more about our Root Canal Treatment Options? Call our Belmont, CA office today at (650) 654-1854!