EndodonticsEndodontics is a highly specialized field of dentistry which focuses on prevention, diagnosis and treatment of diseases directly affecting the dental pulp and periradicular tissues. These diseases are related to a tooth’s nerve and endodontics treatments and procedures can help preserve or even save severely infected and unhealthy teeth.
Endodontists are specialized dentists with advanced training in diagnosing and treating oral and facial pain, and complications associated with the dental pulp. They perform a variety of dental procedures, most commonly endodontic therapy or root canal therapy, as well as, endodontic re-treatment, oral surgery, treating fractured and decayed teeth, and treating dental trauma. Complex root canal therapy is the most common procedure performed by an endodontist. If the pulp, which containing nerves, arterioles, venules, lymphatic tissue, and fibrous tissue, becomes diseased or injured, endodontic treatment is required to save the tooth.
There are approximately 4,000 active endodontists in the United States. Over the past two decades, the number of endodontists has grown by 84 percent, outpacing growth among general practitioners and other dental specialists. Growth is expected to continue in the coming years and decades.
Root Canal Treatment is a dental procedure intended to save a tooth by removing the pulp tissue internally and exchanging it with a suitable filling material. A root canal is usually performed when the tooth cannot be filled or restored any other way because the decay has reached the nerve of the tooth or the tooth has become infected.
Although the procedure is relatively painless when done properly, the root canal remains a stereotypically fearsome dental operation, and, in the United States, a common response to an unpleasant proposal is, “I’d rather have a root canal.” It is our responsibility to treat the patient with the utmost care, comfort, and consideration and have them leave our office with a positive view not only of dentistry but of root canals in particular. With modern treatment techniques, many patients naturally fall asleep in the chair!