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Understanding the purpose of endodontic therapy, or “root canal treatment”

Dr. Erik G. Grothouse is a dentist in Indianapolis, Indiana, who works with patients with general, cosmetic, and restorative dentistry needs. This includes endodontics, a specialized field of dentistry that focuses on issues that involve the inner canals of the teeth. You may be familiar with popular endodontic surgeries if you’ve heard of a root canal. Our team may sometimes recommend root canal treatment to save a tooth from extraction and replacement whenever possible, eliminating inflammation or infection.

What is root canal treatment?

Root canal treatment is a unique procedure used to save a tooth that is severely decayed or infected. The infection or decay can cause the tooth’s nerve to become irritated and inflamed, leading to pain. This treatment includes removing the nerve and decay from the tooth and then sealing it to prevent further damage.

The root canal procedure is often an effective way to save a tooth that would otherwise need to be extracted. It can also help to relieve pain and restore function to the tooth. In most cases, a root canal may need to be followed by a crown or other type of restoration to protect the tooth from further damage.

What is endodontic retreatment?

Our team at Erik G. Grothouse, DDS, describes endodontic retreatment as a procedure used to treat a tooth that has already had root canal treatment, but the infection or inflammation has returned. In some cases, the initial root canal treatment may not have successfully removed all of the decay or infection from the tooth. Endodontic retreatment involves re-cleaning and sealing the tooth to save it.

Call today to request a consultation and initial exam with our team!

If you have a tooth causing you pain, call Dr. Erik G. Grothouse and his team of professionals for a thorough evaluation and diagnosis of your condition. With our help, we can provide relief! Call (317) 823-1780 to request an appointment at 7962 Oaklandon Road, Suite #105 in Indianapolis, IN. Our practice is currently accepting new patients and families.