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Endodontics in Tustin and Santa Ana
Endodontics is a dental specialty that focuses on injuries and diseases of tooth pulp and nerves, as well as other tissues of the teeth. Endodontists must undergo an additional three years of education and training after dental school to become certified in the specialty. While most dentists can treat nerve and pulp issues, some cases are more complicated than others and must be referred to an endodontist.
The team of dentists at LifeTime Smiles of OC sees patients that need endodontic care in Tustin and Santa Ana. If we cannot treat an issue because it is too complex, we are happy to provide a referral to a trusted specialist.
Common Endodontic Problems
The conditions diagnosed and treated by an endodontist include:
- Injuries: The tooth pulp can become damaged from a blunt force injury, such as a punch to the mouth. If a tooth is knocked out completely, an endodontist can put it back in the socket.
- Face and tooth pain: The mouth has a large network of nerves, making the cause of tooth and facial pain difficult to find in some cases. An endodontist is trained to pinpoint this sort of pain and treat it.
- Discolored tooth: A tooth that has turned gray can indicate the death of a nerve inside the tooth. An endodontist can perform a root canal treatment to remove the nerve, along with internal bleaching to improve the appearance of the tooth and overall smile.
- Root canal therapy: This is performed to preserve a tooth when the nerve has died due to disease or trauma. Endodontics know the right techniques to make the procedure gentle and unobtrusive and provide the best outcomes.
- Cone Beam Computed Tomography (CBCT): A CBCT scan is recommended in cases where previous endodontic treatment has not resolved a problem and the patient continues to experience pain. It is also helpful when conventional dental X-rays are inconclusive or there is extensive trauma to the mouth. The scan can also reveal tumors and cysts and act as a guideline for the placement of a dental implant. Other dental technology like operating microscopes, digital imaging or ultrasonic instrumentation may be used in addition to CBCT scans wherever necessary.
Benefits of Endodontics
While endodontic treatment requires a time commitment from the patient, it is a worthwhile effort in terms of oral health and cosmetic appearance. Another reason to pursue endodontic treatment is relief from pain and discomfort.
Natural teeth should always be saved whenever possible — with a root canal if necessary — but if saving the tooth is not an option, there are many wonderful prosthodontic options available. Our dentists can evaluate all of your options and help you pick the best solution to your needs, whether that be a partial denture, dental bridge or dental implant.
Learn More about Endodontics
Those who are interested in exploring their options with endodontic treatment in Santa Ana or Tustin should schedule a consultation with the LifeTime Smiles of OC team. We can provide further information and a referral if needed.