Endodontics is a specialized field of dentistry that focuses on the diagnosis and treatment of diseases and injuries of the dental pulp and supporting tissues of the tooth. Endodontics is also referred to as the “art” or “science” of the pulp and periapical tissues.
Endodontics includes the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of dental disease.
An endodontist is a specialist who diagnoses and treats diseases and injuries to the pulp, periodontium, and surrounding tissues of the teeth. He or she is able to restore the affected teeth, remove the root canal filling material, and provide the patient with advice on preventing further problems.
Endodontists are trained to perform various procedures to diagnose and treat dental diseases.
General dentists are trained to perform routine procedures. But they are not trained to diagnose and treat disease.
Endodontists have a Bachelor of Science degree in Dental Medicine. They must complete at least 4 years of additional education after dental school.
They complete a one-year residency program in Endodontics. The residency program allows them to gain expertise in a variety of endodontic procedures.
After completing the residency, endodontists must pass a comprehensive examination that tests their skills. This examination is called the Fellowship Oral Examination.
Endodontists are experts in managing the root canal system of teeth. They also have advanced knowledge in other areas such as:
Endodontists treat patients with a variety of dental conditions. They are also trained to:
When you have dental pain, your first instinct may be to see a dentist. But it is important to see an endodontist if you experience pain while chewing, eating, or drinking.
This type of pain is caused by the pulp and periapical tissues of the tooth.
If you experience pain, swelling, or abscess, then you may have a dental infection. You should see an endodontist for diagnosis and treatment.
Broken teeth are often painful. This pain can be relieved with the help of an endodontist.
An emergency is defined as a medical condition requiring immediate medical attention.
Examples of dental emergencies include:
Pulp therapy is a term used to describe the treatment of inflamed or infected pulp.
When the pulp becomes infected, it can cause serious complications. If the pulp becomes infected, it can cause:
Root canal therapy (RCT) is the removal of the infected or dead pulp from the tooth.
This is done to stop the infection and promote healing. It is usually performed during a routine cleaning or a tooth repair.
An endodontist can perform RCT.
The more you rest and take care of your oral health after treatment the faster you will recover.