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Who We Are
Fort Wayne Endodontist is a team of specialists who provide comprehensive care for people living in Fort Wayne or the surrounding area.
Our Endodontists have years of experience in performing endodontic procedures. This includes emergency endodontics and root canal treatment. Guided endodontics is a cutting edge procedure which detects root canals that are severely calcified.
We can provide each patient with comfort and effective treatments to soothe their pain. We offer endodontic surgeries for cracked teeth, root canals, traumatic tooth injuries and much more.
Our Endodontic Dentistry Services
Traumatic Tooth Injuries
Many situations can lead to traumatizing tooth injuries. Teeth can be damaged or knocked out by everyday activities, such as sports and emergencies like car accidents. It is important to get immediate treatment in order to replace or repair the tooth, and protect the roots structure.
We can help you determine if you require a root canal for the treatment of your tooth trauma, regardless of how severe it was.
If you’ve suffered a traumatizing tooth injury, contact our office right away so that we can assess the situation as quickly as possible.
A chipped tooth, which is the most common form of tooth trauma is most severe, is caused by an accident where the tooth is knocked out or displaced from its normal position. When a trauma occurs, it is possible for multiple teeth to be pulled out of their proper positions. You should seek immediate treatment. Doing so can help:
- You can increase your chances of saving an already-damaged tooth
- Reduce the time it takes to relieve tooth pain
- Lower the chance of getting infected
You can use an over-the counter pain relief if your mouth is hurting from the trauma. You can keep your pain in check by biting on a damp, cold washcloth.
You can push out the damaged tooth until you get to your appointment. Before you visit the our endodontist, do not touch the roots of the tooth. You will have to keep the tooth safe until you see an endodontist if it falls out or you are unable to fit it into your mouth. To keep the tooth moistened, put it in some milk or salt water and take it to an endodontist.
Although you may not have ever heard of “apicoectomy”, it’s a common procedure performed in the offices of endodontists. Apicoectomies are similar to root canals. They remove decayed tissue from the roots of teeth so that they can be filled again. However, the recovery time for apicoectomies is significantly longer than those of root canals.
A root-end filling is also sometimes called an apicoectomy. This procedure is more complicated than the typical root canal. It involves the removal of the root tip. After the tooth’s tip has been removed, it is filled with biocompatible material that preserves the root structure.
The specialty of microdentistry in dentistry is the use of high-powered magnification for a closer view of teeth or other structures. This magnifying glass is very useful in dentistry, allowing the dentist to perform complex operations with great precision. It can also be used in restorations, including cavities treatments, to make sure that only decayed tooth tissue is removed. This allows for more healthy tooth structure to remain to protect the tooth’s strength and stability and prevents tooth loss.
Calcified Root Canals
Calcium deposits in the root canals of teeth can cause calcification. The space at the root of a tooth is called the tooth canal. This space is home to pulp tissue in healthy teeth. It’s mainly composed of nerve tissue and vascular tissue. The canal spaces shrink due to calcification.
A root canal is required by patients who are unable to see or have enough space. This makes it challenging for any tools that might be used to remove the infection.
One of the most frequent dental injuries is cracked teeth. Trauma can lead to the loss of a tooth. This could be caused by an accident at work or from playing sports. Other factors that can lead to cracked teeth include age, grinding, and hard food chewing.
Broken teeth can lead to pain throughout the day. Biting down can cause bits of your tooth to shift and create pain in the pulp. Cracked teeth can be characterized by:
- Gum swelling surrounding the tooth
- Tooth and biting pain
- Cold or hot food or beverages
Because of the inconsistent pain, it can be hard to identify a broken tooth. For a complimentary consultation, contact our office if you think you might have a cracked tooth. Our Endodontist Fort Wayne office can help you determine what the best treatment is and whether you require a root canal.
We understand exactly how to treat your root canal pain and we are American Board of Endodontics certified highly trained Endodontists
What exactly is a root canal?
Root canals are one of the most commonly performed dental procedures, with over 14,000,000 being done each year. The simple procedure can save natural teeth as well as prevent you from needing expensive dental bridges or implants.
The pulp is located at the center of every tooth. Pulp is made up of blood vessels and helps build surrounding teeth. The pulp may become infected by repeated dental treatments, trauma, deep decay and cracks. An infection may present as swelling, temperature sensitivity, pain, tenderness, and discomfort in the gums or tooth.
What is the procedure for a root canal?
Your dentist may recommend root canal therapy to remove the damaged pulp if you have any of these symptoms. After the pulp has been removed, your root canal system will be thoroughly cleaned and sealed.
Endo is the Greek term for “inside”, and “odont,” is Greek for “tooth.” The inside of the tooth is treated with endodontics.
This treatment usually uses local anesthesia. It can be done in one visit or several visits, depending on what the patient needs. This type of treatment is successful in between 90-95% cases. You will be informed if your tooth does not allow for endodontic treatment, or if there is a chance that it might fail. To eliminate pain during treatment, we use local anesthesia. The majority of endodontic treatment is painless. If you wish, we can also offer nitrous oxide pain relief. After your treatment you will be able drive home and be able return to your regular routine.
What happens after treatment?
After your root canal treatment is complete, your dentist will send you a copy of the record. Within a few weeks after your root canal treatment is completed, you should call their office to schedule a follow up restoration. The type of tooth restoration that is required to preserve your tooth will be determined by the restorative dentist. Endodontic patients rarely experience complications following routine microsurgery or endodontic treatment. We are always available to help if there is a problem. Keep your teeth clean and healthy to prevent future decay.
What is the cost of the treatment?
Costs for this procedure will vary depending on the extent of the damage and the tooth affected. Endodontic treatment tends to be less costly than the removal of a tooth and its replacement by an artificial one.
Our goal is to provide you with the highest quality care. We would be happy to talk to you about our fees. No consultation fees will be charged at the time you meet with us. We will maximize the benefits of your insurance if you have it. At the time of the service, the estimated amount for your primary insurance policy will be charged. Our Fort Wayne Endodontist office has a policy that all fees for treatment not covered under insurance be fully paid by the end of the treatment.
Frequently Asked Questions
What exactly is an endodontic procedure?
Endo is Greek for “inside”, and “odont” Greek for “tooth”. The inside of the tooth is treated with endodontics.
Understanding the anatomy of the teeth is essential to understanding endodontic treatments. The pulp is soft tissue that lies beneath the enamel layer and the hard dentin. The pulp is home to blood vessels, nerves and connective tissues. It also creates surrounding hard tissue during tooth development.
From the crown of the teeth to the tips of the roots, the pulp connects with the surrounding tissues. The pulp plays an important role in the development and growth of a tooth. The pulp is not necessary once the tooth has reached its full maturity. However, it will continue to receive nourishment from the surrounding tissues.
What are the benefits of an endodontic treatment?
When the pulp (soft tissue within the root canal) becomes inflamed, infected, or inflamed, it is time for endodontic treatment. There are many reasons for infection or inflammation. Even if there are no obvious cracks or chips, a tooth injury can cause pulp damage. Untreated pulp inflammation can lead to pain and abscess.
How do you know if your teeth need to be checked?
You should look out for signs such as pain, swelling, tenderness, tenderness, heat or cold sensitivity, persistent sensitivity, tenderness to touch or chewing , discoloration, and drainage in the lymph nodes, bone, gum tissue, nearby bones, and the surrounding tissues. However, there may not be any symptoms.
What is endodontic treatment and how can it save my tooth?
After removing inflamed pulp or other infected tissue, the endodontist cleans, shapes, and fills in the channel. Your dentist will then place a crown on your tooth or another restoration to restore its function. The tooth will continue to work as normal after the restoration.
Do I feel any pain after or during the procedure?
Endodontics are used to treat toothaches that result from pulp inflammation and infection. Most patients feel comfortable with modern anesthesia and techniques.
Your tooth might feel tender for the first few days following treatment. This is especially true if you had any pain before or after the procedure. Prescription or over-the-counter medications can help ease the discomfort. Your endodontist will give you specific instructions.
For a while, your tooth might feel different to your others. If you experience severe pain, pressure, or discomfort that persists for more than 7 days, we recommend calling our office immediately.
What are the endodontic treatment steps?
Many times, endodontic treatment is performed in just one visit. After examining the tooth and taking x-rays, an endodontist administers local anesthesia. The endodontist will numb the tooth with a tiny protective piece called “dental dam”. This protects the tooth from saliva and helps keep it dry.
An endodontist creates an opening in the crown to access the root. To clean and shape the spaces for filling, very small tools are used.
The endodontist will clean and shape the area before filling the canals with biocompatible material. This is usually called gutta-percha, a rubber-like substance. To seal the root canals, gutta percha is attached with adhesive cement. A temporary filling will be used to seal the hole in most cases. Your dentist will remove the temporary filling before the tooth can be restored.
Your final appointment with the endodontist will be your last. You must then visit your dentist again to get a crown, or any other type of restoration on your tooth. This will protect it and restore its full functionality.
Your dentist may recommend placing a post in the tooth if the structure of the tooth is not strong enough to support the restoration. For more information about specific restorations, consult your endodontist or dentist.
Do you allow me to eat prior to my appointment?
It is important that you eat normal meals before and during the procedure.
Do I require someone to take me home from my procedure?
A driver will not be required to transport you to your appointment for root canal treatment. A local anesthetic will be administered to you so that your experience is comfortable. You will still be able to drive. If you’re going under an oral conscious sedation, we will ask that you provide a driver.
What is the cost of this procedure?
Costs vary depending on the complexity of the issue and what tooth is involved. Molars can be more expensive to treat. Endodontic treatment is covered by most dental insurance policies.
Endodontic treatment and the restoration of a natural tooth is generally less costly than having it extracted. To restore chewing function, and to prevent nearby teeth shifting, an extracted tooth needs to be replaced by a bridge. This procedure is more expensive than appropriate endodontic treatments and restoration. Root canal therapy can save natural teeth as well as your money.
Do you think the tooth will require any additional care after an endodontic procedure?
Until your dentist has restored the tooth, you should refrain from chewing or biting on it. Untreated teeth are more susceptible to breaking so it is important that you see your dentist as soon as possible. You can still practice good hygiene by brushing and flossing and having regular cleanings.
Endodontically treated teeth can last twice as long as natural teeth. Sometimes, the endodontic treatment may not be successful or cause pain. Sometimes, the tooth can become infected or painful months after treatment. Sometimes, a second endodontic procedure is necessary to save the tooth.
Is it possible for an endodontically treated root to require additional treatment?
A new tooth infection can be caused by trauma, deep decay or loose, cracked, or broken fillings. Sometimes, an endodontist might discover other narrower or more curved canals than could be treated in the original procedure.
Are all teeth possible to be endodontically treated?
Many teeth can be fixed. Sometimes, it is impossible to save a tooth because its root canals cannot be reached, the root has been severely damaged, the tooth does not have sufficient bone support or the tooth can’t even be repaired. Endodontics has made it possible to save teeth which would otherwise have been lost a long time ago. Endodontic surgery can save teeth if endodontic treatment fails to work.
How will my insurance company tell me that you're not a provider of my plan?
We are currently accepting many insurances and will be happy to let you know if yours is in network or out of network. Just give our office a call and our assistants will help you out.
How much will I have to pay for my appointment?
Your estimated amount not covered under insurance will be paid by you. We’ll determine it for you. It is your deductible. We will immediately send you a reimbursement if your insurance covers more than the account balance.
Do you have an idea of the cost for the service day?
If you would like to receive an estimate for your payment, we will gladly assist. We will be happy to provide you with an estimate by calling our office.