Specialties of Dentistry Summary

More commonly known as a root canal, endodontic therapy is performed when the nerve of a tooth becomes infected and is designed to allow patients to keep their tooth. Without endodontic therapy, dentists would have to pull out teeth with infected nerve systems; fortunately, root canals preserve the tooth structure so that other teeth cannot drift out of line and cause more serious jaw problems. Moreover, because endodontic therapy saves the natural tooth, patients do not require an artificial tooth.Do you want to learn more? Visit next

Treatment Details

Endodontic therapy is simply the process of removing infected, injured, or dead pulp from the root system of your tooth. Within the hard layers of each tooth is the root canal system which is filled with the dental pulp. The soft dental pulp is made up of nerves and blood vessels that help a tooth grow and develop; but when deep cavities allow bacteria to enter and damage the pulp an abscessed tooth can develop. Unfortunately, when the pulp becomes infected, it must be removed in order to treat the pain and swelling associated with the abscess. Without treatment, infected pulp can lead to serious oral health issues.

The root canal procedure is actually a very common treatment that may be performed by your dentist or an endodontist. Endodontists have completed a post-graduate specialty program in endodontics; therefore, they are highly qualified to perform root canals or any endodontic treatment of the dental pulp and tooth nerve.