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Endodontics

Endodontic Treatment in Kokomo | Peru Indiana

Peru endodontist | Kokomo endodontics | Ladd Dental

Dr. Schemehorn, DDS

What is endondontic treatment 

“Endo” is the Greek word for “inside” and “odont” is Greek for “tooth.” Endodontic treatment treats the inside of the tooth. Root canal treatment is one type of endodontic treatment. 

To understand endodontic treatment, it helps to know something about the anatomy of the tooth. Inside the tooth, under the white enamel and a hard layer called the dentin, is a soft tissue called the pulp. The pulp contains blood vessels, nerves, and connective tissue and creates the surrounding hard tissues of the tooth during development.

The pulp extends from the crown of the tooth to the tip of the roots where it connects to the tissues surrounding the root. The pulp is important during a tooth’s growth and development. However, once a tooth is fully mature it can survive without the pulp, because the tooth continues to be nourished by the tissues surrounding it.

Why would I need an endondontic procedure

Endodontic treatment is necessary when the pulp, the soft tissue inside the root canal, becomes inflamed or infected. The inflammation or infection can have a variety of causes: deep decay, repeated dental procedures on the tooth, or a crack or chip in the tooth. In addition, an injury to a tooth may cause pulp damage even if the tooth has no visible chips or cracks. If pulp inflammation or infection is left untreated, it can cause pain or lead to an abscess.

What are the signs of needing endodontic treatment

Indications to look for include pain, prolonged sensitivity to heat or cold, tenderness to touch and chewing, discoloration of the tooth, and swelling, drainage and tenderness in the lymph nodes as well as nearby bone and gum tissues. Sometimes, however, there are no symptoms.

The Purpose of Dental Pulp

Tooth Pulp has a variety of functions. This cluster of nerves sends sensory information about temperature and pressure changes to your brain. It also helps the formation of dentin (the material under the enamel that comprises most of your tooth) and the growth of secondary layers that repair damage.

Treating Your Tooth’s Root

Endodontics is an area of dentistry that primarily deals with dental pulp. When this nerve bed is decayed, infected or has received severe trauma, it is necessary to take professional action. Root canals are performed to extract the damaged tissue from the tooth. Pulp cannot grow back, so it is vital that any early oral pain should receive immediate treatment.

Our Experienced Endodontists

Ladd Dental Group along with Dr. Schemehorn, are dedicated to your oral healthcare. We have dentists who have undergone years of training in order to handle any endodontic issue you may have. Our dental team will help you develop a personalized, preventative routine to ensure the continued health of your teeth. If a complete extraction is necessary, we also have a periodontist, Dr. Au-Yeung, and an Oral Surgeon who are experienced with extractions and placing dental implants.
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