Endodontics is a specialty of Dentistry that deals with dental pulp diseases and its supporting structures. With endodontic treatment, dentist can save the infected and painful tooth, and then with a filling or crown, replace the original form of the crown.
We always tell the patients that the best teeth are our original teeth. Our goal is to save teeth as far as it is functional and logical. Under the hard tissues of the tooth, known as enamel and dentin, we can find the soft tissues, called the pulp. It contains the nerves and blood system of the tooth. Mostly an infection of the tooth is caused by a deep cavity. We reach the pulp through the hard tissues during the root canal treatment. The aim is to remove the pulp and the infection and get an empty channel network. At the end of the treatment, we can close the channels with a special feeling.
It is well recommended to close the coronal part of the tooth with a crown or onlay. It makes the crown stronger and helps to avoid unwanted breaks.
The endodontic treatment itself does not guarantee success. It is just a possible treatment to save an infected tooth. However many new intruments were developed with the goal to make easier and more effective the endodontic treatments.
One of the most important development is the dental endo motor. This rotary motor makes faster and more precise treatments and decreases the possibility of root infection. Also, the materials of the needle we use for the treatment has been changed. With the appearance of NiTi needles, the incidence rate of needle breakage has been dramatically decreased. In addition, the NiTi needles’ flexibility makes it possible to treat as bent channels as visible in this picture. Another instrument that makes our life easier and used in our daily routine is called the apex locator. This machine shows us where to find the end of the channel without infecting or damaging the tissues around it. The recording also became an essential technology in dentistry. It is an easy way to get a 3D recording from the tooth and allows us a greater understanding of the questionable tooth. And the CBCT scan uses a lower dose of radiation than a regular CT scan.