If you have ever suffered an oral accident or injury that left you with a damaged pulp, there are often only two ways to have it treated. If the pulp is damaged or infected, it will need to be removed. One option to consider is a tooth extraction which will remove the entire tooth from your mouth. However, with endodontics, it is often possible to use a treatment such as a root canal therapy to remove the pulp without having to remove the tooth.
The line between endodontic treatments and dentistry is often blurred, but endodontists actually receive an additional two years of advanced medical training beyond dental school to allow them to perform complex medical procedures such as root canals. Endodontics surgeries and other treatments can help save broken or damaged teeth that otherwise would need to be extracted and replaced.
With endodontic treatments, it is possible for a tooth that has been damaged to potentially become more functional without altering your smile. By allowing your natural teeth to stay in your mouth, the aesthetics of your smile will maintain its natural shape. Each year in the United States, millions of teeth are saved with endodontic treatments such as root canals. In addition, a root canal may be able to save a tooth for a lifetime of future use.
To learn more about which endodontic treatments you would prefer for enhancing your smile, contact E. John Moreno, DMD at 949-485-5333. Come visit Dr. John Moreno and our team at our office in Aliso Viejo, California by scheduling an appointment at your earliest opportunity.