A pet’s endodontic system is the hollow area inside the tooth that is filled with sensitive pulp tissue consisting of of blood vessels, nerves, and connective tissue. This allows the animal’s tooth to grow, mature, and even respond to stress.
Endodontic disease describes a condition where the dental pulp is damaged. Depending on the severity, the disease may be reversible but there are times when it is irreversible. This is typically caused by minor trauma that didn’t kill the tooth. If your pet has irreversible pulpitis, the tissues swell and prevent blood from entering the root canal. If this is the case, the tooth will die which can then cause the inside of the tooth to become infected.
The first thing that we do for our patients is take a radiograph which allows us to evaluate the bone and confirm that the root is intact. From there, we are able to deal with the fractured tooth that has exposed the pulp chamber.
One option that owners have is root canal therapy. This involves removing the diseased pulpal tissue and then cleaning and disinfecting the root canal. We will then fill it with an inert material that will prevent future bacterial contamination.
Our practice stays up-to-date with all of the latest equipment to make this possible for your pet. Dr. Rebecca Martin will always keep the owner up-to-date and be gentle with your pet. Our entire staff are animal lovers and will treat your pet with the love and care that they deserve.
If you have any questions regarding endodontics or you would like to schedule an appointment, contact us today at 503-PREMIER (503-773-6437).