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Endodontics at

Mandeville Center for Dental Excellence

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Endodontics is the field of dentistry that is concerned with treating the interior anatomy of the tooth, including the roots, ligaments, and pulp. When these tissues become inflamed or damaged due to accidents or tooth infections, endodontic surgery is typically required to keep the tooth intact.

Dr. Charles Schof is an experienced oral surgeon and endodontist. He’s been practicing for more than two decades, and he has the expertise to perform all types of endodontic surgery, including root canals.

Understanding Root Canals

The Most Common Endodontic Surgery

Root canals are, by a large margin, the most common type of endodontic surgery. A root canal is usually the best way to treat a tooth that has become infected due to prolonged tooth decay, or a crack caused by an impact injury.

When the pulp of the tooth is exposed to the bacteria in the mouth because of enamel failure, it will become inflamed and infected, causing serious pain and inflammation. Untreated, the tooth will “rot” from the inside-out, and eventually fall out.

A root canal is used to remove the source of the infection within the tooth, and restore its natural structure. Dr. Schof starts by creating a small hole in the tooth, and removing infected nerve pulp and other material with specialized tools.

Then this hole is cleaned and disinfected thoroughly to prevent re-infection. The tooth is then filled up with “gutta percha”, an inert and rubber-like material that supports the interior of the tooth. After this, the procedure is finished by placing a temporary filling or crown. At a later appointment, a permanent crown will be manufactured and placed.

The procedure is minimally-invasive, takes only about 1-2 hours, and is delivered under local anesthetic.

Other Common

Endodontic Treatments

Root canals are not the only endodontic treatment. There are several other surgical procedures that may be required to protect and maintain the interior of the tooth, including:

  • Apicoectomy – If the roots of a tooth were too badly infected to be saved, or not treated correctly during a root canal, this procedure replaces them with composite resin or a mercury-amalgam filling, to provide a stable base for the tooth.
  • Endodontic retreatment – If a root canal fails due to improper treatment or failure by a patient to care for the tooth, endodontic retreatment can be used to remove the source of infection, and attempt to save the tooth.
  • Treatment for traumatic injuries – Traumatic injuries to the pulp and nerves of the teeth usually require endodontic surgery. Loose, cracked, or knocked-out teeth must be restored and properly bonded into place by an experienced endodontist.

Come To The Mandeville Center For Dental Excellence Today

For Endodontic Treatment

Dr. Charles Schof specializes in conservative, comprehensive dentistry. At the Mandeville Center for Dental Excellence, you can trust our team to take care of you, whether you need a root canal, or endodontic treatment for a dental injury.

Contact us now to schedule an appointment at (985) 626-4401, or drop by our office at 240 Dalwill Dr, Mandeville, LA 70471 to get started today. We hope to see you soon!

Understanding Root Canals

The Most Common Endodontic Surgery

Root canals are, by a large margin, the most common type of endodontic surgery. A root canal is usually the best way to treat a tooth that has become infected due to prolonged tooth decay, or a crack caused by an impact injury.

When the pulp of the tooth is exposed to the bacteria in the mouth because of enamel failure, it will become inflamed and infected, causing serious pain and inflammation. Untreated, the tooth will “rot” from the inside-out, and eventually fall out.

A root canal is used to remove the source of the infection within the tooth, and restore its natural structure. Dr. Schof starts by creating a small hole in the tooth, and removing infected nerve pulp and other material with specialized tools.

Then this hole is cleaned and disinfected thoroughly to prevent re-infection. The tooth is then filled up with “gutta percha”, an inert and rubber-like material that supports the interior of the tooth. After this, the procedure is finished by placing a temporary filling or crown. At a later appointment, a permanent crown will be manufactured and placed.

The procedure is minimally-invasive, takes only about 1-2 hours, and is delivered under local anesthetic.

Other Common

Endodontic Treatments

Root canals are not the only endodontic treatment. There are several other surgical procedures that may be required to protect and maintain the interior of the tooth, including:

  • Apicoectomy – If the roots of a tooth were too badly infected to be saved, or not treated correctly during a root canal, this procedure replaces them with composite resin or a mercury-amalgam filling, to provide a stable base for the tooth.
  • Endodontic retreatment – If a root canal fails due to improper treatment or failure by a patient to care for the tooth, endodontic retreatment can be used to remove the source of infection, and attempt to save the tooth.
  • Treatment for traumatic injuries – Traumatic injuries to the pulp and nerves of the teeth usually require endodontic surgery. Loose, cracked, or knocked-out teeth must be restored and properly bonded into place by an experienced endodontist.

Come To The Mandeville Center For Dental Excellence Today

For Endodontic Treatment

Dr. Charles Schof specializes in conservative, comprehensive dentistry. At the Mandeville Center for Dental Excellence, you can trust our team to take care of you, whether you need a root canal, or endodontic treatment for a dental injury.

Contact us now to schedule an appointment at (985) 626-4401, or drop by our office at 240 Dalwill Dr, Mandeville, LA 70471 to get started today. We hope to see you soon!

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