Endodontic FAQ

What is endodontics?

Endodontics is a branch of dentistry recognized by the American Dental Association involving treatment of the pulp (root canal) and surrounding bone structures. When you look at your tooth in the mirror, what you see is called the “crown”. The rest of the tooth, the portion hidden beneath the gum line, is called the “root”. Though the outer portion of the root is a hard tissue, the inside channel or “root canal” contains a pulp of soft tissue, blood vessels and nerves. Bacteria introduced into the pulp as a result of tooth decay, periodontal disease, tooth fracture or other problems, can severely damage or destroy the pulp. When that happens, an endodontic specialist removes the diseased pulp and disinfects the canal space to save the tooth and prevent further infection and inflammation. After successful endodontic treatment, the tooth continues to perform normally.

What about x-rays?

While x-rays will be necessary during your endodontic treatment, we use an advanced non-film computerized system, called digital radiography, that produces radiation levels up to 90 percent lower than those of already low dose conventional dental x-ray machinery. These digital images can be optimized, archived, printed and sent to cotherapists via e-mail or CD.

What about tool sterilization?

We adhere to the most rigorous standards of infection control advocated by OSHA, the Centers for Disease Control, and the American Dental Association. We utilize autoclave sterilization and barrier techniques to eliminate the risk of post-operative infection.

What happens after treatment?

When your root canal therapy has been completed, a record of your treatment will be sent to your general dentist. You should contact their office for a follow-up restoration within a few weeks of completion at our office, unless Dr. Young placed a permanent filling for  you. Your restorative dentist will decide on what type of restoration is necessary to protect your tooth. It is rare for endodontic patients to experience complications after routine endodontic treatment or microsurgery, however, if a problem does occur, please call our office at Grass Valley Office Phone Number 530-272-4254.