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.
Root Canal Procedure
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.
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.
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