Endodontics is a dental specialty dedicated to addressing problems with the dental pulp, a small amount of soft tissue that is located within each tooth. It actually contains the nerve of the tooth, so when it becomes infected or injured, it can cause the mother of all toothaches! Fortunately, our in-house endodontist, Dr. Adams, knows just how to take care of this particular problem to save even the most damaged teeth, and he’ll ensure your comfort from beginning to end. If you’re experiencing persistent pain in one of your teeth and want it to go away, we have the answer you’re looking for, so contact us today.
The most well-known endodontic treatment is the root canal, which is a procedure in which the damaged dental pulp we mentioned above is removed and the tooth is restored. Despite having a reputation as a painful procedure, it’s actually very comfortable when performed properly. Most of the time, it’s the pain of the initial infection that people mistake for the treatment! We actually have the only endodontist in Nevada trained to administer IV sedation, so when you come to see us, he’ll make sure you’re completely relaxed and protected from discomfort the entire time.
After a tooth has undergone a root canal, it can sometimes develop another infection either due to new decay or an injury. This kind of issue can develop months, even years after an initial treatment, leading to quite a bit of dental pain. To deal with this problem, Dr. Adams can perform what is called an endodontic retreatment, in which he’ll reopen the tooth, remove the infected tissue, and thoroughly clean the tooth before applying a new restoration.
An apicoectomy is a procedure that is used to eliminate a dental infection that has spread beyond the root of a tooth and into the jawbone. For this procedure, our endodontist starts by sedating a patient, numbing the area, and then they will expose the infected jawbone and remove any damaged tissue. From there, they will seal the root of the tooth and fully sanitize the area before closing the site. This minor procedure is usually completed in just one visit, and afterward, the treated tooth can be expected to look and function like normal for many years to come.