When Should You Seek Endodontic Treatment?

Tooth pain or sensitivity can be a sign of inflammation or infection inside the tooth. Left untreated, more serious problems could develop and eventually lead to the extraction of the tooth. Endodontic treatment focuses on preserving and restoring teeth by eliminating infection and inflammation so extraction can be avoided. Dr. Delany, Dr. Julian Moiseiwitsch, and Dr. Naghmeh Latifi, the highly skilled endodontists at DC Endodontics in Washington, DC, provide endodontic treatment to restore the health of your teeth.

What is Endodontics?

Endodontics is a specialized branch of dentistry focused on treating the inner layers of a tooth, particularly the pulp tissue. Pulp is a soft material at the center of a tooth that also extends down into the canals of the root. Pulp tissue can become infected or inflamed due to injury, decay, or repeated dental work. Infection or inflammation of the pulp can cause tooth pain and lead to more serious oral health issues if not treated promptly. The goal of endodontic treatment is to preserve the natural teeth and restore oral health.

You should seek endodontic treatment if you have injured a tooth or are experiencing tooth pain or sensitivity. Our experienced endodontists treat a wide range of problems at our office for endodontics in Washington, DC, including:

  • Cavities
  • Tooth decay
  • Infected pulp tissue
  • Inflammation of pulp tissue
  • An abscess below a tooth’s root

Endodontic Services

We offer several endodontic services to help you keep your natural teeth. Examples of some of the treatments and procedures we provide include:

  • Root Canal Treatment: A procedure for preserving a tooth with pulp that is infected, inflamed, or decaying. Diseased pulp tissue is removed, the interior of the tooth and root are disinfected, and the tooth is filled and sealed. In addition to preserving the natural tooth, root canal treatment also strengthens it and restores normal functioning.
  • Dental Surgery: Endodontic treatment can include dental surgery to help save a tooth. Examples of dental surgery include tooth root amputation and apicoectomy, also known as root-end resection. Other types of dental surgery can involve repairing an injured tooth root, dividing a tooth in half, and intentional replantation, which is an endodontic procedure that involves removing a tooth, treating it outside of the mouth, and returning the tooth to its socket.
  • Children’s Facial Trauma: It is not uncommon for kids and teens to sustain trauma to the teeth or mouth as a result of sports injuries, bike accidents, or other similar incidents. Endodontics can help with a wide range of issues, from a chipped or cracked tooth to having a tooth dislodged or completely knocked out. Other types of children’s facial trauma that can be addressed through endodontic treatment include jaw injuries and oral or facial pain.

Endodontics helps preserve your natural teeth and restore oral health. You should seek endodontic treatment if you have sustained an injured tooth or if you are experiencing severe tooth pain or sensitivity. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Delany, Dr. Moiseiwitsch, or Dr. Latifi, call DC Endodontics in Washington, DC, at (202) 364-0234.

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