Endodontics is the specialty of dentistry which involves the removal of inflamed or infected tissue within the root system of a tooth in order to maintain the health of the surrounding tissues.
Endodontic (Root Canal) Treatment is the careful cleaning and shaping of the inside of the tooth and then the filling and sealing of these spaces. Afterwards, the patient?s restorative dentist will place a crown or other restoration on the tooth to protect and restore it to full function.? After the restoration, the tooth continues to function like any other tooth.
Endodontic Retreatment: is a root canal procedure that is carried out on a tooth that has previously had root canal treatment. This may be necessary should a recurrence of symptoms or infection occur after the initial endodontic procedure. The most common cause of failure with initial endodontic treatment is inadequate cleaning of the root canal system, due to complex anatomy. The surgical operating microscope is invaluable in addressing this issue (examples are included in the “CASES” link).
Endodontic Surgery (Apicoectomy) is a procedure that may be indicated when inflammation or infection persists in the bony area around the end of the tooth after endodontic treatment. This involves opening the gum tissue in order to expose the underlying bone. The infected tissue and end of the root are removed, and a small filling is placed to seal the root canal.