“I’m so pleased to see patients go from a mouthful of problems to one with healthy, confident smiles.”
The root of your tooth’s health is, literally, in the best hands with our DHC endodontist, whose highly specialized medical expertise in the field is your greatest assurance of a happy outcome and healthy, confident smile.
Endodontics is the treatment of diseases of the tooth’s pulp at the center of the tooth and in canals (root canals) inside the root of tooth. Pulp is comprised of connective tissue, nerves and blood vessels. Initially, pulp nourishes the tooth when it first emerges through the gum.
The purpose of root canal treatment is to save the tooth by removing infected and damaged pulp, treating infection and filling the resulting empty root canals. Root canal treatment is a conservative way to treat pulp disease, thus preserving the tooth in its most natural state.
An untreated cavity causes a chain of events, resulting in pulp infection. Decay erodes the enamel and dentin of the tooth until it reaches a root canal. Consequently, bacteria infects the pulp and inflammation caused by the infection reduces the blood supply to the tooth. The reduced blood supply prevents the pulp from healing.
The trauma of a fractured tooth can damage tooth pulp as well as multiple restorations, such as several fillings placed in the same tooth over a period of time. Once the tooth is healed and infection has been completely eliminated, a permanent dental crown is placed on the tooth. At DHC, ceramic dental crowns are fabricated and custom fitted for comfort in one visit using CEREC technology.