Root canal therapy becomes necessary when the dental pulp becomes inflamed or infected.
Inflammation can occur as a consequence of tooth decay or trauma from dental procedures, parafunctional habits or accidents. Infection of the dental pulp represents a natural progression of untreated inflammation. This simply means that the amount of bacteria that may be harbored within the tooth multiplies, causing pain or even an abscess.
The overwhelming reason why your original root canal therapy may need to be retreated is because of persistent bacteria within the tooth. The following are potential causes for persistent bacteria inside the tooth:
Sometimes the cause of persistent problems concerning your tooth may be due to reasons beyond simple bacteria within the tooth. We use microsurgical techniques with the aid of the surgical operating microscope and specialized instruments. Long-term prognosis using these modern techniques is significantly improved. Some indications for endodontic surgery include the following:
Sometimes, complete root canal therapy can be avoided. Whenever possible, attempting to save the vitality of the pulp is both beneficial and preferred, especially in teeth that has not yet completely developed. This procedure removes the inflamed tissue while preserving the non-inflamed tissue. By doing so, we allow the body to continue the development of the root naturally.
What happens when an immature tooth has lost all vital pulp tissue? Regenerative therapy is aimed at unlocking the therapeutic potential of stem cells, growth factors, molecular biology and the human genome. Using basic biological principles, it is possible to allow continued tooth development even in the absence of healthy pulp tissue. Expect regenerative therapy to be "the next big thing" in dentistry.
Dental injury from trauma disproportionately affects young people and is a common pediatric dental emergency. Dental trauma can also affect adults as a result of accidents and sporting injuries. Depending on the circumstance and timing, we are uniquely qualified to manage these types of injuries using best practices to preserve your teeth and their appearance.