Lindenbrook Dental Care offers a variety of dental services to help patients achieve the smile of their dreams. In addition to providing cosmetic dentistry, dental crowns and pain management, one of the areas we specialize in is endodontic services.
What Is Endodontics?
Endodontics is a dental specialty that deals specifically with the dental pulp. When the dental pulp is infected or diseased, it is important to perform treatment quickly to restore healthy teeth and maintain a healthy mouth. Although most patients associate an endodontist only with root canal treatment, we also deal with cracked teeth and numerous forms of dental trauma. We do everything we can do to protect your dental pulp so that you can keep your teeth.
Who Might Need an Endodontist?
Dental pulp is located at the center of each tooth in your mouth. It is made up of living connective tissue and cells, which are connected through a root canal to nerves and blood vessels. Its primary purpose is to help form dentin, but it also acts as something of an alarm system for the mouth. As you become older, or when a tooth is damaged due to some type of trauma, starts to decay, or becomes infected, the pulp can begin to break down. This allows bacteria to start growing, which, when left untreated, can spread the infection, causing an abscess and resulting in severe pain. You might feel intense pain due to the abscess, or your dentist might recommend that you see one of our endodontists in Flint if the condition of your teeth has seriously deteriorated.
What Is Root Canal Therapy?
During root canal therapy, the endodontist anesthetizes the area where he will be working in your mouth and carefully drills through your dental structure to remove the inflamed or infected pulp from the inside of the affected tooth. He then cleans and disinfects the open space and seals it with a special material. Depending on the state of the rest of your tooth, he may cover the hole with a dental filling, or he may recommend a dental crown for stronger protection. Most patients experience very little discomfort during the procedure, depending on the complexity of their root structure, and they are happy to be relieved of their pain when it is complete.
What Makes an Endodontist Different?
Although all dentists do receive some training on endodontic procedures in dental school, an endodontist spends an additional two to three years specifically studying root canal treatment and learning how to save your teeth. With their advanced training and specialized skill set, Dr. Kassel and associates in Flint also treat traumatic dental injuries and cracked teeth.
We are proud to offer endodontic services for our patients so that they don’t have to go to multiple dentists to get the care that they need. Lindenbrook Dental Care is located at 1040 South Linden Road in Flint, Michigan. Visit our Facebook page to receive regular tips on creating beautiful smiles and maintaining optimum oral hygiene. Call (810) 733-8202 or request an appointment to get started and let us help improve your smile.