Endodontic Dentistry

Endodontic dentistry primarily deals with treating the roots of the teeth. While most endodontic procedures are initially either for the removal of an abscess or a root canal, Dr. Harding or Dr. Bott will examine your condition to determine if root end surgery (apicoectomy), internal bleaching, or treatment for root fractures are required. Since these can be used either alone or in combination with other procedures, they will be sure to find the correct endodontic treatment to fit your individual dental requirements. They are highly experienced in this field and is the best choice for your dental needs in Utah County.

Root Canals

Root canal procedures have been a staple of restorative dentistry for generations and have garnered a negative reputation among patients. Dr. Harding and Dr. Bott are very gentle and considerate of their patients’ comfort while performing this procedure, and their patients often comment on their calm and soothing demeanor. Root canals are used when the root of a tooth dies from untreated infection or trauma. Dead material becomes trapped inside the tooth and, if not treated, begins to decay the surrounding enamel and necessitates a root canal procedure.

To remove the root they drill through the top of the tooth to expose the pulp chamber. They then extract the infected tissue, fill the vacant canal, and further remove some enamel to help fit the tooth with a porcelain dental crown. While the crown is being fabricated at an outside dental laboratory, Dr. Bott or Dr. Harding will cover the tooth temporarily. At your follow up appointment to Utah Valley Dental Care the crown will be fitted and bonded into place. For pain-free root canals in American Fork, or the surrounding areas of Lehi and Pleasant Grove, contact Drs. Harding and Bott’s office to schedule an appointment.

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Internal Bleaching

While most stains are on the outside of your teeth, one can occasionally be seen as a dark area coming from deep inside the tooth. When this develops it is usually because blood or other liquids have leaked into the inside of a tooth following a root canal procedure. At Utah Valley Dental Care in American Fork, UT we can use internal bleaching to whiten the tooth from the inside out if you are experiencing this situation. Dr. Harding or Dr. Bott will drill a small hole and insert a peroxide gel into the internal cavity of the tooth. The solution is left inside the tooth for about a week during which time it perforates into the dentin, lightening its color. After that time the tooth will be drained and the hole filled. This method of internal bleaching is highly effective, and the tooth will return to white. If you notice the appearance of internal stains, and think you may need internal bleaching, please contact our office to determine whether it is the correct procedure for you.

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Abscess Removal

One endodontic procedure performed at Utah Valley Dental Care is the removal of abscesses. An abscess is a pocket of infection that forms around the root of your tooth. Minor infections can usually be prevented and treated with regular brushing, but in some cases the infection can become much more serious as it moves deeper into the gums. Your body, in an effort to isolate the infection, naturally creates a wall around it. While at first there may be no visible symptoms, redness and painful swelling of the gums usually follows. Unless removed, the abscess will continue to grow and eventually decay anything that it contacts including teeth, jawbone, gums, and connective tissues.

To remove the abscess Dr. Bott or Dr. Harding will drain the infection, relieving the swelling and reducing pain. In more serious cases a root canal procedure may be needed to remove infected material. They may also prescribe an adjunctive antibiotic therapy to help fight and prevent infection. Should you experience any of the symptoms described above, please contact us immediately for an abscess removal in American Fork, or the surrounding areas of Lehi or Pleasant Grove. Dr. Harding and Dr. Bott have the required expertise to treat and heal abscesses successfully.

Call us today to take care of all your dental needs. You can reach us at 801-763-9080, visit us, or Request an Appointment here.

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