In a nutshell, periodontitis is an infection of the gum tissue that holds the teeth in place. In the early stages, periodontal disease is called gingivitis. It may be caused due to poor oral hygiene, eating too many sugary foods, or smoking tobacco. An individual may not even notice any symptoms.
The health of your gums affects the quality of your teeth and vice versa. Periodontitis is a type of gum disease that, if left untreated, can result in tooth loss, inflammation, and other serious health issues. If you’re wondering what periodontal therapy is, it refers to the array of surgical and non-surgical procedures used to manage the symptoms of advanced periodontal disease and improve oral hygiene. So, if you or a loved one needs quality, reach out to Wiser Smiles at the earliest.
Root canal treatment, also called root filling or simply endodontics, involves searching for infection inside the tooth, either in the pulp cavity or root canals. The objective? Clean them when the pulp has suffered some damage or irreversible pulpitis. It involves the removal of the pulp or what is left of it after damage, usually after decay, trauma or periodontal disease.
Root canal treatment or endodontics
Infections in the pulp can be the result of different processes:
Progress of untreated caries that reach the pulp or infect it through the dentinal tubules.
Irreversible inflammation of the pulp due to defective crowns or fillings.
A fracture or chipping of a tooth.
Extreme work on a tooth.
Damage due to trauma (accidents due to blows, falls, etc.).
Once the root has been cleaned, both the root canal and part of the crown are filled to preserve the remaining tooth structure. Teeth that have had root canal treatment in the past are often more brittle than healthy teeth. Sometimes your dentist may recommend getting a dental crown to help prevent future damage.
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