Endodontics

Jack Pawlak, DDS and Craig Deagle, DMD

Endodontists located in La Mesa, CA

If you have pain, sensitivity, or inflammation of your teeth and gums, you might be a candidate for endodontics (treatment of the root or roots of one of your teeth). At their comfortable office in La Mesa, California, Jack Pawlak, DDS and Craig Deagle, DMD specialize in procedures that treat the structure and roots of the teeth. Book an appointment today to protect your teeth and extend the beautify your smile for life.

Endodontics Q & A

Jack Pawlak, DDS and Craig Deagle, DMD

What is endodontics?

Endodontics involves diagnosing and treating tooth pain and problems that occur inside the structure of the teeth.

Dentists who specialize in endodontic procedures complete an additional two to three years of specialized schooling. That allows them to treat teeth and gum issues that are related to tooth pulp, tissue, and nerves.

The primary goal of endodontic therapy is to salvage your natural tooth. Dr. Pawlak and Dr. Deagle may recommend numerous procedures to help you accomplish this. They consider all of your options to determine what’s best for your individual needs.

You might need endodontic therapy if you’re experiencing persistent pain in a tooth or a particular area of your gums, sensitivity to hot and cold, tenderness when chewing, or loose teeth, all of which may be caused by an infection in the root of your tooth.

What is inside the root of your tooth?

Incisors (front teeth) have a single root, whereas molars (back teeth) may have one or two roots. Inside each root, there can be one or more canals which the pulp of the tooth occupies.

Dental pulp contains nerves, arterioles (small blood vessels from arteries), venules (which drain into veins), lymphatic tissue, and fibrous tissue.

When bacteria gets inside the root of your tooth, the complicated dental pulp can become inflamed, infected and painful. If your infection is severe, you'll need more than one endodontic procedure to eliminate the infection and save your tooth.

The first step is a root canal procedure, a fairly common type of endodontic procedure. A traditional dentist can perform a root canal. However, an endodontic specialist -- such as Dr. Pawlak and Dr. Deagle -- has more experience, training, and specialized equipment to provide the best results.

However, a failed root canal procedure may result in the need for advanced endodontic care including one or more of the following:

  • Endodontic retreatment: a second root canal procedure to remove remaining infection
  • Surgical apicoectomy: the removal of the apex, or tip, of the root
  • Extraction of the tooth itself and substitution of a dental prosthesis

Dr. Pawlak and Dr. Deagle can perform endodontic retreatment and surgical root tip removal exercising their specialized skill set and using state-of-the-art micro tools and a dental microscope to save your tooth and eliminate your pain.

What are the benefits of endodontics?

With endodontic therapy, you’ll experience the best outcome given that you’re in the hands of a specialist. Your regular dentist can even work together with your endodontic specialist to ensure your dental care is effective, efficient, and comfortable.

Dr. Pawlak and Dr. Deagle are both qualified to treat your traditional dental needs, as well as more complex problems. Whether it’s non-specific tooth pain or complications from a previous procedure, endodontic therapy can salvage your teeth and ensure excellent oral health for the long run.

To book an appointment with Dr. Pawlak or Dr. Deagle in La Mesa, California today, call or use the easy online scheduler.