Endodontic Care in Flathead Valley, Montana
“Endodontic” is a Greek word. “Endo” means inside and “odont” means tooth. The need for endodontic treatment occurs when the pulp or soft inner tissue of the tooth has been exposed to the bacteria in your mouth. This typically happens when the tooth has cracked or decay has destroyed the protective layers of the tooth.
When a tooth cavity has reached the pulp of the tooth causing an infection of the nerve or the tooth has had a severe trauma, Root Canal Therapy is required. Once the pulp has become infected treatment is required to prevent further issues as it will not heal by itself. The procedure involves cleaning out the infected pulp, disinfecting the canals, then filling with a special material to prevent further infections and help in the healing of the tooth. This procedure may be followed by a core build up, bonded post and crown if required to restore the tooth.
In some cases a patient may be referred to an endodontist who specializes in treating the pulp of the tooth.
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