When infection or trauma affects the nerves of the tooth, you may need a root canal treatment to preserve the natural tooth. Dr. Robert Walinchus provides a variety of endodontics in Springfield, Pennsylvania, so that our patients can receive the proper treatment and smile without discomfort. If you suspect you may need endodontics, or you would like to learn more about your options, please contact Robert E. Walinchus, DMD. Our dentist and team are happy to speak with you!
Endodontics is the area of dentistry focused on the study and treatment of the dental pulp. The pulp is the innermost layer of the tooth that includes the tooth’s living connective tissue and cells, and it houses the tooth nerves and blood vessels. If this area of the tooth becomes injured or diseased, it often results in serious tooth pain and sensitivity. When infection and damage in the dental pulp go untreated, they can cause the tooth to die, necessitating extraction. The goal of endodontic treatment is to restore the health of the tooth and prevent the need for tooth extraction.
The most common type of endodontic treatment is root canal therapy, which is often simply called a root canal. During root canal therapy, our doctor removes the injured and infected tissues from the tooth, thoroughly cleans the tooth, and fills the tooth. The tooth is then capped with a restoration, such as a dental crown, to protect the tooth and restore its structure and appearance.
If root canal therapy is not the right treatment for you, or if infection reoccurs after the tooth has undergone a root canal, our doctor may recommend another endodontic treatment. Other endodontic treatment options include root canal retreatment, apicoectomy, pulpal debridement, and pulpotomy.
We invite you to contact our office today to learn more about endodontics and the services we provide.