Did You Know the word Endodontics is derived from the Greek words Endo for “inside” and Odont for “tooth”.
Endodontics is a dental specialty focusing on the interior health of the teeth. Root canals commonly become infected when tooth decay goes untreated. Bacteria spread to the interior of the tooth causing an infection of the root canal. Inflammation of the pulp of the tooth creates painful symptoms and should be treated as soon as possible.
Dr. Larisa Strelkov is apart of our Family & Spa Dentistry staff. Dr. Strelkov has dedicated her career to providing comprehensive endodontic treatment. Dr. Strelkov has undergone two additional years of special training beyond general dentistry education. While an endodontist focuses mainly on root canals, other treatment may include endodontic surgery to repair of cracked teeth, blocked canals, and other complications.
Identifying an Infected Tooth
Teeth that are chipped, cracked, or have tooth decay are more susceptible to developing an infected root canal. Chronic halitosis, pain or tenderness, or intense sensitivity of the teeth are all indications that you may have an infection.
Patients should closely monitor their teeth for signs of an infected tooth. Treating an infected root canal early can help preserve the integrity of the tooth structure. Dr. Strelkov will always attempt to preserve as much of the natural tooth as possible for long-term oral stability.
Treating Root Canal Infections
The root canal procedure is a conservative treatment that preserves the structure of the natural tooth by removing the inner pulp. A small hole is made in the back of the tooth where Dr. Strelkov will enter the tooth. Using a scraping tool, the infected tissue will gently be removed. Patients often feel almost instant relief from pressure and pain. The tooth is then cleaned, filled and capped with a dental crown for long-term durability.
Schedule A Consultation
Routine dental checkups can help patients avoid the need for advanced root canal procedures. Catching tooth decay early can prevent the spread of bacteria into the pulp of the tooth. For patients with advanced tooth decay, the root canal procedure provides relief from painful symptoms. Request a dental health exam with our Pennington, NJ dental care team.