Endodontics is a specialized branch of dentistry that deals with the structures inside the teeth. Historically, teeth with infected or damaged nerve tissue have required extraction. Thanks to endodontics, our dental professionals can now remove the diseased portions of the tooth and prevent it from needing to be extracted. Our endodontic services include:
We invite you to call AZ Dental at 408-227-6000 to learn more about endodontics in San Jose, California, and schedule your consultation with Dr. Anastasios Photopoulos, our experienced endodontist.
Endodontic treatment is performed to save your natural tooth. Though there are many effective and high-quality restorative options available, there is no substitute for healthy, natural teeth. You may need endodontic treatment if you notice one or more of the following symptoms:
- Inflammation and tenderness in the gums
- Teeth that are sensitive to hot and cold foods and beverages
- Tenderness when chewing and biting
- Discoloration of your tooth
- Unexplained pain in the nearby lymph nodes
Our dentists may recommend endodontic treatment for a number of reasons, including:
- Bacterial infections – oral bacteria is the most common cause of endodontic problems. The bacteria in your mouth invade the tooth pulp through tiny cracks in your teeth, causing inflammation and infection and jeopardizing the health and function of the tooth.
- Fractures and chipping – when large portions of the surface or crown of the tooth become detached, root canal therapy may be required, as this leaves the pulp exposed.
- Injuries – injuries to your teeth can be caused by direct or indirect blows to the area of your mouth. Some injuries dislodge teeth from the socket. Root canal therapy is often needed after the tooth is stabilized.
- Removals (Avulsed teeth) – if the tooth is knocked completely out of the socket, it should be rinsed and placed back in the socket as quickly as possible. Keeping the tooth moist before you meet with our dentists is critical in a successful replacement of the tooth. We recommend placing it in a special dental solution (available at pharmacies), or in milk or your own saliva. Our dentists will fix the tooth back in the socket using a special splint, and perform a root canal treatment to save the tooth.
For more information about endodontics, please contact our office today.