Endodontics is a specialized form of dentistry that treats diseases or injuries that affect the root tip or nerve of the tooth and the structures called the pulp chamber, pulp, and root canal of the tooth. Root canal therapy is the most common endodontic procedure.
Endodontics is one of the nine specialties recognized by the American Dental Association; it was recognized as a dental specialty in 1963.
What is Endodontic treatment?
Endodontic treatment, commonly called “root canal treatment”, is a common dental procedure that removes damaged tissue from inside the root canals of a tooth, thereby significantly lengthening the life of the tooth.
Endodontic treatment restores once damaged teeth and is a recognized and superior alternative to tooth extraction as a means of treating damaged interior structures such as pulp.
Is it going to hurt?
Many endodontic procedures are performed to relieve the pain of toothaches caused by pulp inflammation or infection. With modern techniques and anesthetics, most patients report that they are comfortable during the procedure.
For the first few days after treatment, your tooth may feel sensitive, especially if there was pain or infection before the procedure. This discomfort can be relieved with over-the-counter or prescription medications.
Your tooth may continue to feel slightly different from your other teeth for some time after your endodontic treatment is completed. However, if you have severe pain or pressure or pain that lasts more than a few days, don't hesitate to call our office at 831-728-0444.
What happens after treatment?
When your root canal therapy has been completed, a record of your treatment will be sent to your referring dentist. Your dentist will decide on what type of restoration is necessary to protect your tooth. It is rare for endodontic patients to experience complications after routine endodontic treatment or microsurgery. If a problem does occur, however, please do not hesitate to contact us.
What are the qualifications of an Endodontist?
An endodontist is a specialized dentist with training in diagnosing and treating problems associated with the inside of the tooth.
Endodontists complete four years of dental school and additional two or more years of advanced training in endodontics. Endodontists are also licensed by the state in which they practice.
Endodontists primarily perform root canal therapies, including re-treatment of previous root canals that have not healed completely, but are also qualified in diagnosing and treating oral and facial pain, as well as treating dental emergencies, such as toothaches, oral trauma, and cracked or displaced teeth. Endodontists can also treat more complex conditions, such as extreme pain, medically compromised patients, and anatomic problems including tooth curvature and calcification. Endodontists also perform certain surgical procedures, most of which are required as an alternative to conventional root canal therapy.
How much is going to cost?
The cost of the procedure and treatment will depend upon factors such as your current health provider and dental coverage.