Endodontics is another way for your Buffalo dentist to talk about "treating the inside of the tooth," and is more commonly called a "root canal". Most of us cringe when we hear those words and conjure up awful, torturous images in our heads. However, with today's advanced techniques, materials, and anesthetics, many say that having a root canal was a comfortable experience and not traumatic at all. In his Buffalo, New York area office, Dr. Larry Evola uses the latest advances in restorative dentistry techniques to make you as comfortable as you can be while restoring your teeth to full health.
What is a Root Canal?
It's a tunnel in the center of the tooth, underneath the enamel and dentin layers. It runs from the tip of the tooth, deep inside the jawbone, up to the tooth's crown, the visible part above the gum. Inside it is what's called the "pulp", which consists of blood vessels, the tooth's nerve and connective tissues. Each tooth's vein, artery, tiny branching capillaries, and nerve run from the general circulatory and nervous systems into the root canal to nourish the tooth, remove waste, and give it sensation.
Causes and Symptoms
When a tooth is neglected and becomes decayed, the bacteria, left to themselves, multiply in numbers and spread through the tooth's tissue into the root canal. They excrete acids and toxins which eat away at the tooth tissues, the gum tissue, and even the bone, if nothing is done to stop them.
Ordinary decay resulting from poor dental hygiene can start this process. So can an injury to the tooth which cracks the enamel, inviting bacteria inside the tooth.
If you are experiencing any of the following symptoms, you need to call Dr. Evola's office right away to determine the problem:
- Tooth pain
- Prolonged sensitivity to hot and cold
- Tooth is sensitive or tender to the touch
- Discoloration of tooth
You may need root canal treatment but be experiencing no pain. You would have had pain in the past, but without any intervention, the decay continued until it destroyed the tooth's nerve. With its nerve dead, the tooth will give you no pain, but it will be in dire need of dental rescue!
The Root Canal Procedure
If Dr. Evola determines that you do need endodontics to save your tooth and restore it to health, he'll start by taking an x-ray of the affected tooth.
Insurance typically covers some portion of the cost of a root canal and crown. We will be happy to check with your insurance company before your procedure to see what portion they will cover and what portion you will be responsible for. For your convenience, we accept credit cards and have financing available.
If you have unexplained tooth pain, please call or email our cosmetic dentist right away to schedule an appointment. Decay or infection that is left untreated for too long can cause damage to surrounding teeth and bone and even cause tooth loss. Forestream Dental proudly serves Buffalo, New York and the nearby communities of Orchard Park, Amherst, Williamsville and West Seneca, New York with endodontics consultations.