Endodontics (from the Greek endo "inside"; and odons "tooth") is one of the dental specialties recognized by the American Dental Association and deals with the tooth pulp and the tissues surrounding the root of a tooth.

Endodontics is the science of treating problems with the tissue inside the tooth. When this tissue or the tissue surrounding the tooth root is diseased or damaged due to decay or trauma, endodontic treatment typically can save the tooth.  Endodontists perform a variety of procedures including root canal therapy, endodontic retreatment, surgery, treating cracked teeth, and treating dental trauma. Root canal therapy is one of the most common procedures. If the pulp (containing nerves, arterioles, venules, lymphatic tissue, and fibrous tissue) becomes diseased or injured, endodontic treatment is required to save the tooth.If customers can’t find it, it doesn’t exist. Clearly list and describe the services you offer. Also, be sure to showcase a premium service.

What is an Endodontist?

  • Endodontists employ a range of endodontic procedures to save natural teeth, including performing root canals (the most common endodontic procedure), repairing cracked teeth and replacing avulsed teeth (teeth knocked out by injury).
  • Endodontists are dentists with additional specialized training in diagnosing and treating oral and facial pain, and problems associated with the inside of the tooth. 
  • When performed by an endodontist, root canal therapy can relieve pain and save the tooth.
  • Most root canals can be completed by endodontist in a single visit.
  • An Endodontists and your general dentist work together to provide you with quality dental care.
  • Endodontists accept emergency cases and referrals.
  • Endodontists provide immediate treatment for patients.
  • If prior root canal therapy is failing, an endodontist can provide retreatment.
  • Root canals performed by endodontists provide a patient's dentist with a solid foundation for crowns and other restorative work.
  • If your dentist says you need a root canal, ask for a referral to a root canal specialist - an endodontist.  

Common Endodontic Symptoms

 Patients may need endodontic treatment, including root canals, if they experience any of the following symptoms: 

  • Prolonged dental sensitivity to heat or cold;
  • Tenderness of teeth to touch and chewing; or
  • Facial or oral swelling

Root Canals

 A root canal is needed when the pulp (the soft tissue inside the tooth) becomes inflamed or infected as a result of injury, deep decay, repeated dental procedures on the tooth, or a cracked or chipped tooth.

  • Most patients who have had a root canal performed by an endodontist describe the procedure as virtually painless. 
  • The majority of patients who have had a root canal performed by an endodontist would return to an endodontist for future work. 
  • Root canals performed by endodontists are a better and common alternative to tooth extraction.
  • When performing a root canal, an endodontist removes inflamed or infected pulp, carefully cleans and shapes the inside of the canal (a channel inside the root), and fills and seals the space.
  • After performing the procedure, the endodontist returns the patient to a general dentist to have a crown placed or other restorative work performed. 
  • After restoration, the tooth continues to function like any other tooth.

Saving Your Natural Teeth

 Although it is possible in some cases to replace an extracted tooth with an implant or bridgework, Americans have strong negative feelings about losing their natural teeth.

  • In a recent AAE survey, 76 percent of participants said they would prefer a root canal to tooth extraction.
  • Most people are not aware that root canal treatment is a viable alternative to tooth extraction.
  • Older individuals are much more likely than younger individuals to have experienced a tooth extraction.
  • Artificial teeth can limit your ability to chew certain foods necessary to maintaining a balanced diet.