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Endodontics at Parkside Dental

Endodontic treatments, such as root canal therapy, are the best way to save teeth that have been damaged by an oral injury or untreated tooth decay.

Root canal therapy is a simple, painless procedure that usually takes less than 2 hours.

At our office, Dr. Jason and Dr. Jean Larsen specialize in both posterior (molar) and anterior (front teeth) root canals.

A root canal will relieve the pain and discomfort of your toothache, and save your natural tooth.

What is Endodontics?

Endodontics is the field of dentistry which is concerned with treating the interior of your teeth. The term “endodontics” comes from the Greek words “Endo-,” which means “within” and “Dontics” meaning teeth. 

The most common endodontic treatment is root canal therapy. When your enamel and dentin are destroyed by a cavity or an oral injury, the soft, vulnerable pulp inside your tooth can become exposed to oral bacteria and infection. Eventually, an infected tooth will die.

Root canal therapy is used to treat this. Damaged enamel is removed from your tooth, and Dr. Jean or Dr. Jason Larsen will make a small hole in the tooth. Next, they will extract any damaged or infected pulp, disinfect the tooth, and fill it with an inert material. After this, a filling or crown will be used to seal and protect the tooth.

What Are The Most Common Misconceptions About Root Canal Therapy?

The most common misconception, by far, about root canal therapy, is that it is painful. Thanks to some colorful depictions in popular culture, many people think that root canals are one of the most uncomfortable, painful dental procedures.

In fact, this could not be further from the truth. The procedure of a root canal is actually quite similar to having a cavity filled, and it’s just as painless. We use advanced numbing techniques to keep you comfortable, and also offer sedation to our patients. You won’t feel a thing during your treatment, and your tooth will only be a bit tender for a few days after the procedure.

What Is Anterior Root Canal Therapy?

Anterior root canal therapy is used to treat infected front teeth, meaning the incisors and canines. These teeth are at the front (anterior) of your mouth. This procedure is somewhat more specialized than posterior (molar and premolar) root canal therapy. This is because the access hole, through which infected material is removed, cannot be made on the top chewing surface of the teeth, due to the narrow tops of your front teeth. 

Instead, this hole must be made on the lingual surface of the tooth, which is the back of your tooth where your tongue contacts your teeth. This requires some specialized tools and techniques, so not all dentists are willing to perform anterior root canals. However, we do offer this treatment at Parkside Dental.

What Is Posterior or Molar Root Canal Therapy?

Posterior root canal therapy refers to treating infected back teeth (molars and premolars). This is the most common type of root canal therapy, and the simplest to perform. This is because the rear teeth are large, and the access hole through which infected material will be removed can be created directly on the top of the chewing surface.

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