Endodontics is a specialized branch of dentistry that deals with the complex structures found inside the teeth. The Greek word “Endodontics” literally means “inside the tooth” and relates to the tooth pulp, tissues, nerves, and arterioles. Endodontists receive additional dental training after completing dental school to enable them to perform both complex and simple procedures, including root canal therapy.
Historically, a tooth with a diseased nerve would be removed immediately, but endodontists are now able to save the natural tooth in most cases. Generally, extracting the inner tooth structures, then sealing the resulting gap with a crown restores health and functionality to damaged teeth.
Signs and symptoms of endodontic problems:
Reasons for endodontic treatment
Endodontic treatment (or root canal therapy) is performed to save the natural tooth. In spite of the many advanced restorations available, most dentists agree that there is no substitute for healthy, natural teeth.
Here are some of the main causes of inner tooth damage:
Fractures and chips
What does an endodontic procedure invlove?
Root canal therapy usually takes between one visit to complete. Complete X-rays of the teeth will be taken and examined before the treatment begins.
The tooth is properly cleansed of the infection and refilled with a specialized filling material used only for root canals. The tooth is usually sealed at the top with a crown.
If you have questions or concerns about endodontic procedures, please contact our office.