General Endodontics Specialist

General Endodontics

When something goes wrong in the inner portion of a tooth, general endodontics treatments can help. For residents in and around San Jose, California, Jeffrey D. Krupp, DDS, is a great resource for all types of endodontic care. Booking a visit is as simple as calling the office or visiting the online scheduling page, so don’t delay.   

What is general endodontics?

Endodontics is an area of dental practice focused on addressing issues in the inner portion of your teeth. The best way to understand these treatments is to think about the structure of teeth. 

The outermost layer of a tooth is a thin shell of hard tissue called enamel. Just beneath lies a thicker layer of hard tissue called dentin. 

Beneath your dentin is a hollow chamber that extends down into the root areas of each tooth. This chamber is filled with pulp, which contains a combination of nerves, blood vessels, and connective tissues. 

Your pulp plays a critical role in nourishing a tooth during its developmental stage. However, once your tooth is fully formed, the pulp is no longer necessary. 

General endodontic treatments work to repair tooth damage that extends into this innermost area of your tooth. These treatments can preserve a natural tooth and sometimes avoid the need for extraction. 

What are some examples of general endodontic treatments?

Root canals are probably the most well-known type of endodontic treatment. These procedures treat an infected tooth by removing all traces of pulp and replacing it with a material called gutta percha. A crown is placed to protect the treated tooth. 

Another type of endodontic treatment focuses on repairing cracked or fractured teeth. Bonding, dental crowns, and root canals can help save a cracked tooth, although extraction is sometimes the only option. 

Endodontic retreatment offers the chance to revisit and correct previous endodontic treatment. When a previous root canal or other treatment did not fully correct the problem, or when decay or infection develops afterward, your endodontic specialist can go in and perform a new round of treatment. 

When should I reach out to an endodontist?

Many people are referred to Jeffrey D. Krupp, DDS, by their dentist if an advanced dental condition is discovered during an exam. Routine dental exams are the most important thing you can do to preserve your dental health. 

You can also contact Jeffrey D. Krupp, DDS, if you notice troubling changes in the look or feel of your teeth. Some of the signs you might need endodontic care include:

  • Visible darkening of a tooth or gum tissue
  • Significant pain, especially when biting down or immediately after a bite
  • Increased sensitivity to heat or cold
  • Visibly cracked or chipped tooth
  • Broken tooth
  • Unexplained pain in your mouth or jaw

A thorough diagnostic exam can determine the cause of your symptoms. If endodontic treatment is the right fit for your needs, you’ll learn your options for moving forward. 

Booking a visit to Jeffrey D. Krupp, DDS, can be done online or over the phone. Don’t delay scheduling a diagnostic exam, as many conditions can worsen if left untreated.

Jeffrey D. Krupp, D.D.S., M.S.
✆ Phone (appointments): 408-610-1600
✆ Phone (general inquiries): 408-371-1444
Address: 3994 S. Bascom Ave, Suite 5, San Jose, CA 95124