What is Endodontics?

The word “endodontic” originates from “endo” meaning inside and “dontic” meaning dealing with teeth. In essence, Endodontics is the dental specialty that treats the inside of teeth when a nerve has become infected. An Endodontist is a dentist who specializes in maintaining teeth through endodontic therapy involving the soft inner tissue of the teeth, called the pulp. Under the specialized care of an Endodontist, teeth can be restored to full function and will be a useful part of the patient’s chewing and aesthetics.

While all dentists are trained in diagnosis and endodontic therapy, every now and then a tooth proves to be uniquely difficult to diagnose and treat. That is why you may have been referred to an endodontic specialist. In addition to dental school, Endodontists go through an additional two or more years of advanced education in this type of treatment. They study root canal techniques and procedures in greater depth, for diagnosis and treatment of more difficult cases. For this reason, many dentists choose to refer their patients to and Endodontist.

Diagnoses and Treats Pain

Oral pain, such as toothaches, cracked or fractured teeth, can often be complicated. Due to the vast network of nerves in the mouth and teeth, the pain of a diseased or damaged tooth is often felt in another tooth or in the head, ear or neck. An Endodontist is a specialist in diagnosing and treating this type of pain.

Treats Traumatic Injuries

Pulp damage is oftentimes the result of a blow to the mouth. An Endodontist specializes in treating these types of traumatic injuries. For example, a blow to a child’s permanent tooth that is not fully developed can cause the root to stop growing. In such a case, a procedure called “apexification” stimulates bone to be inserted at the end of the root, making it possible to save the tooth through a root canal procedure. An Endodontist is specially trained in procedures for replanting teeth that have been knocked out of their sockets.

Desert Dental Specialty Group is the only dental group in the Coachella area that combines specialties of Prosthodontics, Periodontics, and Endodontics with General Dental Care for the entire family. Call and make an appointment today (760) 568-5928