Endodontics

Why You Need a Root Canal?

Your teeth are mainly composed of a hard substance called dentin, which has a coating of enamel on the outside. At the core of each tooth is the pulp, consisting of nerves and blood vessels. The pulp may be irreversibly damaged by bacteria associated with decay, very deep restorations, fractures, trauma, periodontal disease, or the pulp may have become necrotic (dead). We deal with these injuries as specialists in endodontics in Panama.

In order to preserve a tooth in which any of these has occurred, it is necessary to remove the diseased or dead pulp tissue and to fill and seal the root canal system. This procedure is known as endodontic therapy. The only other treatment option is extraction. Since endodontic therapy is concerned with removing only the pulp from the root canal, the root will continue to function normally, because the nourishing and supporting tissues remain intact. It is advisable to remove the injured or dead tissue because it may become infected or act as an irritant to the tissues surrounding the tooth.

Root Canal Therapy

A root canal is one of the most common dental procedures and this simple treatment can save your natural teeth and prevent the need of dental implants or bridges.

This therapy of endodontics in Panama usually involves local anesthesia and may be completed in one or more visits depending on the treatment required. There is about 90% success for this type of treatment.

Apicectomy

In this microsurgical procedure, the endodontist opens the gum tissue near the tooth to see the underlying bone and to remove any infected tissue. The end of the root is also removed and a small filling may be placed to seal the end of the root canal.

Perforation Repair

A perforation is a hole in the crown or root of the tooth that can occur naturally as a result of internal or external resorption. A perforation can also be caused by excessive tooth structure removal during root canal preparation.

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Trauma Management

After a trauma occurs to the teeth, endodontic intervention is often required, along with other dental care. The specific care must be adapted to the situation, but may include splinting loose teeth, replanting avulsed teeth, root canal treatment, or extraction and implant placement.

Endodontic Retreatment

Occasionally a tooth that was treated months or years ago may develop new problems. In some cases a tooth that has received endodontic treatment fails to heal or continues to have pain. You may have another chance to save the tooth with a second endodontic procedure.

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