What is Endodontics?

Endodontics is the branch of dentistry that deals with the tooth's dental pulp and the tissues surrounding the roots of a tooth. “Endo” is the Greek word for “inside” and “odont” is Greek for “tooth.” Endodontic treatment, or root canal treatment, treats the soft pulp tissue inside the tooth. An endodontist is a dentist who specializes in saving teeth.

Endodontists become specialists by completing two or more years of advanced training in endodontics following dental school. They perform routine as well as difficult and very complex endodontic procedures, including root canal treatment, endodontic surgery and special procedures to save teeth after traumatic dental injuries. By focusing their practice on specific procedures such a root canal treatment, surgery and trauma, endodontists are experts at managing a wide array of complex endodontic problems efficiently. Advanced technologies and specialized techniques used by endodontists give them a very accurate view of the inside of the tooth and allow them to treat the tooth quickly and comfortably.

By saving your tooth, an endodontist can help you keep your natural smile, so you can continue to eat your favorite foods and maintain your overall health. Nothing looks, feels or functions like your natural tooth!

For more information about root canals and other endodontic treatment, visit the patient section of the American Association of Endodontists website, which also includes information addressing common myths about these tooth-saving procedures.

When is it time to see an endodontist?

It’s important to take care of real tooth pain as soon as possible. You’ll feel better and likely save your tooth. Some people may fear having work done on their teeth, but there’s no need to fear root canal treatment. When it comes to relieving your dental discomfort, endodontists can usually get you feeling better and back to work the same day.

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