Northshore Endodontics

Endodontist FAQs

WHY DOES A TOOTH REQUIRE ENDODONTIC TREATMENT?

The most common reasons for necessitating endo treatment would include: decay, traumatic injuries, extensive restorations, periodontal disease issues, and cracks.

WHAT KINDS OF CRACKS ARE THERE IN THE DENTITION?

AS I'M GETTING OLDER WHY DO SO MANY OF MY TEETH REQUIRE ROOT CANALS?

This is a very tough question to answer in a short space. For many years I've drawn my patients what I refer to as a Dental Life-Line in an attempt to summarize this process.

As the pulp / nerve complex becomes older it has received more traumatic injuries either from repeated attacks by decay / restorations/ grinding-clenching/ noxious habits including ice chewing, hard candy crunching, or pop corn seed crunching the less ability it has to recover and thereby the pulp begins to decline and eventually dies necessitating root canal therapy.

SHOULD I BE WORRIED ABOUT THE X-RAYS?

We use state of the art digital radiography which helps us to significantly reduce your exposure to radiation, and still give us high grade diagnostic images. We can digitally manipulate these images to gather more information.

WHAT HAPPENS AFTER TREATMENT?

We will refer you back to your dentist to restore your tooth. I like for the restoration to be placed within 2-4 weeks so a good seal may be maintained between my root canal filling material and the oral environment.

HOW LONG WILL TREATMENT TAKE?

Most teeth can be treated in one visit in 30-60 minutes. Some teeth will require 2 visits because of issues with infection, re-treatment, difficult canal morphology, or the patient's limited ability to open.

WHAT NEW TECHNOLOGIES ARE BEING USED?

Dr. Sullivan uses the operating microscope with special fiber optic illumination to examine the tiny details of your tooth's internal anatomy and to look for cracks that are very difficult to see with the naked eye. Digital radiography greatly enhances the diagnostic information gleamed from the x rays and significantly reduces procedural time by eliminating the need to process x rays. An ultrasonic handpiece is often utilized to remove calcifications and help in the exploration for small canals.

CAN ALL TEETH BE TREATED?

Some teeth cannot be treated because of cracks or extensive decay or resorptive lesions that can leave the tooth structurally unsound with a poor restorative prognosis. Sometimes the canals can be severely blocked by calcification or the root curvature can prevent the instruments from reaching the end of the root.

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