Procedures and services
Our professional and friendly staff perform many common endodontic procedures and services. See below to learn more about what we have to offer.
Root Canal Treatment
Endodontic treatment becomes necessary when the pulp of your tooth becomes inflamed or infected. Decay, repeated dental procedures, cracks in the tooth, or trauma to the tooth are all causes of inflammation or infection of the pulp. If an inflamed or infected tooth is left untreated, subsequent pain and abscess can result. During root canal treatment, the endodontist will remove the inflamed or infected pulp, clean the canal that encases the pulp, then fill and seal the canals. After root canal treatment, your dentist will place a crown or filling to restore the tooth to function.
Occasionally, a tooth that has had root canal treatment may not heal or become re-infected after years of success. Common causes of re-infection are new decay, delayed placement of a crown or filling after root canal treatment, canal anatomy that was undetected, trauma, and broken or leaking fillings. Retreatment involves redoing the original root canal treatment, re-cleaning the canals, and filling and sealing the canals. After retreatment, your dentist will place a crown or new filling to restore the tooth.
In the rare event that a tooth does not heal with root canal therapy and root canal retreatment is not a practical option or has already been performed, root canal surgery may be necessary to save the tooth. This procedure is called apical surgery or an apicoectomy. An apicoectomy is the removal of the root tip and any surrounding infected tissue of an abscessed tooth, followed by the placement of a filling in the end of the root. Sometimes surgery is used in diagnosis of a tooth that has persistent symptoms. In such a case, surgery allows Dr. Moseley to examine the entire root of your tooth, find the problem and provide treatment.