As time has passed, people have been able to invent new ideas and technologies to implement into the medical community. One of these is seen through apexification. Apexification, otherwise known as vital pulp therapy, can help strengthen your natural tooth and keep it healthy for a longer period of time. This is done through an extensive process of tooth restoration and is considered one of the most significant restoration processes in dentistry. If you have a damaged or weakened tooth that is impaired from the inside, be sure to talk to your dentist about the possibility of receiving an apexification treatment for your tooth.
What to Know About Apexification
When you first hear of apexification, it is natural that you’d be confused, as the process is long and difficult to understand. Because of this, there are some important keywords and terms that you may benefit from knowing before you can fully comprehend the process of apexification. First of all, you must know what the root of the tooth is. This is the hidden part of your tooth that is closest to your jawbone and located in your gums. It is long and pointed, and it is held into place by connecting to the tissues located surrounded by your jawbone. The root is important to know when discussing this procedure because it is directly associated with treatment. The root is the part of the tooth that is strengthened with apexification. This is done by the dental pulp, the second important term, being protected. Dental pulp is the material that contains all of your tooth’s nerve endings in the root of the tooth. Understanding what these two terms mean and have to do with apexification will better help you grasp the process of it.
Types of Apexification
There are two main types of apexification. The first type is known as indirect pulp capping and is completed by creating a barrier between a cavity that is formed deep into the tooth and the outside of the tooth itself. This creates distance, allowing your tooth to feel no pain or sensitivity when in contact with any material like food or beverage. The second type of apexification is known as direct pulp capping, which instead of putting a barrier on top of the tooth enamel, it puts a protective coating on the top of the exposed dental pulp. This process is more preferred because of its prolonged effectivity. Direct pulp capping can be more painful over an extended period of time than indirect pulp capping because of the material directly touching the area that contains nerves in your tooth. Regardless of the method you choose, both ways will effectively protect your tooth from pain associated from cavities.
Benefits of Apexification
When you’re considering receiving apexification treatments, it is important to recognize all of the benefits that are prominent from doing so. First of all, you’re likely to feel significantly less pain after treatment because your cavity will no longer be exposed to air or other pain-inducing situations. Also, this process can save your tooth from further decay and allow you to keep your natural tooth. The sooner you receive treatment for your deep cavity through apexification, the better and faster your tooth will heal.
Talk to Your Endodontist
If you believe you may qualify for an apexification treatment, your first step is to talk to your endodontist. They can set up a consultation with you and help you determine if you are eligible, as well as talk you through the full process of treatment. Apexification can significantly change your life and allow you to live more comfortably. Regain control of your oral situation again and receive a vital pulp therapy treatment at Precision Endodontics today.
We pride ourselves on providing non-invasive, pain-free treatment and would love to help relieve your pain and enhance your smile. Contact us today to arrange a consultation at our Williamsville or West Seneca offices.