A sequence oftreatmentfor the infected pulp of a tooth which results in the elimination of infection and the protection of the decontaminated tooth from future microbial invasion. Root canal (or Endodontic) therapy refers to the process where a dentist treats (cleans and seals off) that space inside a tooth originally occupied by its "nerve" tissue.
Root canal therapy is the process that's used to treat pathological conditions inside a tooth that have affected its nerve (and frequently the tissues that surround its root too). Completing a tooth's treatment sets the stage so your body's healing process can take place as effectively as possible, thus allowing the tissues surrounding your tooth to maintain a healthy state.
Periodontics is the specialty of dentistry that encompasses prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of diseases of the supporting and surrounding tissues of teeth and dental implants. The goals of periodontal therapy are to preserve the natural dentition, periodontium and peri-implant tissues; to maintain and improve periodontal and peri-implant health, comfort, esthetics, and function.
Periodontal Therapy is a 3-Step Process
• First step is diagnosis.
Periodontal disease is diagnosed by your dentist or dental hygienist during a periodontal examination. This type of exam should always be part of your regular dental check-up.
• Second step is treatment.
Periodontal treatment methods depend upon the type and severity of the disease. Your dentist and dental hygienist will evaluate for periodontal disease and recommend the appropriate treatment.
• The third step is maintenance.
It only takes twenty four hours for plaque that is not removed from your teeth to turn into calculus (tartar)! Daily home cleaning helps control plaque and tartar formation, but those hard to reach areas will always need special attention.