Endodontics deals with treating diseases and infections of the dental pulp. An endodontist also specializes in mending and addressing the problems related to the supporting structures of the tooth, diagnosing facial pain, and other orofacial regions.
Who is an Endodontist?
An endodontist is a dentist who is trained for a minimum of 2-3 years to specialize in treating infections related to the dental pulp and structures of teeth. Endodontists are also responsible for educating patients on the importance of maintaining proper oral health and impacts that a tooth infected by cavities can have on the patient’s overall health.
What does an endodontic treatment involve?
Endodontics is a specialized branch of dentistry that involves treating teeth that are badly infected by cavities and the infection has spread to the root canal as well. In fact, a root canal therapy is a last resort treatment method to save a tooth from being extracted due to severe decay. Before discussing further, patients must gain an understanding of the tooth’s internal structure.
The enamel is the outermost layer of the tooth. Within the enamel lie several different layers of tissues, connective nerves, and hundreds of blood vessels. The core of the tooth is where the dental pulp lies. It acts as the source of nutrition to the tooth and also helps it with the sensation (hot, cold, pain, etc)The pulp plays a vital role in ensuring that the tooth is in perfect health and has a stable growth pattern.
In the event of external trauma or a bacterial attack by a cavity, the pulp may get infected, leading to a sharp pain in the tooth.. The result would be excessive tooth decay and infection spreading from the inside of the tooth.
The pain due to a root canal infection is so much that patients would readily agree to get the tooth extracted so that they can get rid of the pain. However, an endodontist would recommend getting a root canal therapy done to save the tooth from further infection and damage.
What is a Root Canal Therapy?
A root canal therapy is a procedure that involves removing the infected pulp from the root canal of a tooth. It requires cleaning and disinfecting the root canal system and sealing it. After sealing off the tooth, the dentist would carefully place a restoration on it (dental crown) to restore its functionality.
Why is an endodontic treatment essential to restoring the tooth’s health?
Endodontic treatment is necessary when the dental pulp develops an infection or inflammation. Some of the common reasons for infection are deep cavities, cracked teeth, or chipped teeth. The treatment is necessary to get rid of the decay from the tooth so that it doesn’t infect the remaining teeth as well. Also, it would save a patient from a whole lot of pain.
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