Bone Grafting and Tissue Regeneration
Replacement bone grafts have many uses in surgical endodontics. They are utilized in cases where there is insufficient bone remaining for predictable healing of the surgical site. A small collagen membrane may be required to contain the graft and to prevent the soft tissue (gum) from interfering with new bone formation. The membrane is broken down and eliminated by the body, so removal at a future date is not necessary. This technique is often referred to as guided tissue regeneration.
Post Space and Placement
In preparing the tooth for restoration following a root canal, a space is often left for a retention structure, known as a post. A post is used in teeth that have very little tooth structure remaining. It is placed within the pulp chamber (sometimes into the root) and extends above the gum line. A special material is placed around the post to stabilize it and the rest of the tooth in order for a crown to be securely placed by your general dentist.
Core Build Up
A core build up is a procedure involving special material that is used to stabilize a brittle tooth or to replace missing tooth structure. It is often used in conjunction with a post to provide sufficient structural support for further restorations, such as a crown.
Apexification is a procedure performed on young, developing teeth with open apices (root ends) due to incomplete root formation. The diseased nerve is removed and the canals are cleaned and shaped. A material is placed to encourage the closure of the end of the tooth root.
Our experienced endodontists are able to diagnose even the most complicated of cases. Our patients benefit from our network of general dentists and specialists, which give us insight into the many interrelated medicinal fields surrounding dentistry.