Endodontists are dentists who specialize in the pulp, blood, nerves, and soft tissue of teeth. The most commonly performed procedure completed by Endodontists in Lusby MD is a root canal. Dentists will often further their education to become endodontists for the convenience and comfort of their patients. Root canals can be complicated procedures and make patients anxious. Offering that service in a familiar setting, instead of referring patients to a specialist, makes patients more likely to agree to saving the tooth rather than having it extracted.
A root canal procedure is necessary when a deep cavity infects both the blood supply and nerves of a tooth. The results of such an infection include extreme pain, swelling of the gum around the tooth, and pus emanating from the tooth, gum, or both. Depending on the extent of the infection, more than one appointment may be required to remove all the decay and save the tooth. Most root canal procedures can be completed in one visit.
The first step is to drill into the tooth and remove all the decay. Debris is then removed from the canals of the tooth. The empty canals are opened with a rotary utensil in order to fill them with a plastic material that seals them. That step prevents any further decay or infection in the canals. Posts may then have to be placed inside the tooth for stability. A dense filling material is placed into the remaining inside portion of the tooth. That material is then shaped to follow indentations of the outside of the tooth to appear natural. A blue light is then used to harden the material. A crown is recommended to protect the tooth once the procedure is completed. Endodonists in Lusby MD can also treat cracking teeth and dental trauma.
Other further education efforts on the part of dentists result in the ability to utilize the latest technology and equipment. Some systems fabricate ceramic crowns right in the office in one hour. A crown now takes one appointment rather than two, and there is no waiting time for a crown to be received from a dental laboratory. A new Wand Anesthesia system replaces large metal syringes for Novocaine delivery. Patients can Browse us to discover all capabilities of one office.