What is endodontics? In Greek, “endo” means “inside” and “odont” means tooth. Endodontics is, therefore, a term that refers to the study and treatment of the innermost part of the tooth: the pulp.
The pulp is positioned in the center of the crown of the tooth and reaches down both roots of the teeth and travels past them to other tissues in the jawbone. In the early years, pulp helps teeth to grow and stay alive, but once a tooth is fully mature, it can be nourished by the surrounding tissues of the jaw, so the pulp can be removed if needed.
Endodontists spend two years beyond dental school studying the pulp of the teeth and treatment techniques and used advanced equipment designed to diagnose and enable the quick and painless rescue of infected teeth.
For regular dentists, root canal treatment can be difficult. Some dental roots, for example, are curved or hard to locate in an X-ray, making both diagnosis and treatment more complex. If your root canal is needed in a tooth with multiple fillings or crowns, the dental work may obscure the source of the pain. There are cases when patients need second root canals because there has been a procedural error in the first treatment. Calling on a specialist to do the job can be very wise.
If you are in need of endodontic treatment in Savage, Minnesota, don’t hesitate to call 952-894-2545 to reach Smiles of Distinction. Dr. Bartholemew Schultz and our excellent team will give you the advanced care you need to save your smile.