What is Endodontics?
Endodontics is the branch of dentistry concerning dental pulp and tissues within and surrounding the roots of a tooth. “Endo” is the Greek word for “inside” and “odont” is Greek for “tooth.” Endodontic treatmentwhich is generally referred to as root canal therapy, treats the soft pulp tissue inside the tooth.
An Endodontists is a dentist who has received advanced specialty training in endodontics beyond 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, training, 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 and aid in maintaining your occlusion, 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.