Read answers to frequently asked questions about endodontics and endodontic appointments and treatments.
What Is Endodontics?
Endodontics is a branch of specialized dentistry recognized by the American Dental Association that focuses on the health of the dental pulp or diseases of the dental pulp. Endodontics may also include procedures involved in an endodontic treatment plan, which may include extractions and dental implants.
When you look at your tooth in the mirror, what you see is the crown. The rest of the tooth, the portion hidden beneath the gum line, is called the root. Though the outer portion of the root is a hard tissue called dentin, the inside channel or “root canal” contains a pulp of soft tissue, blood vessels, and nerves. Bacteria that are introduced into the pulp as a result of tooth decay, periodontal disease, tooth fracture, or other problems, can severely damage the pulp. When that happens, an endodontic specialist removes the diseased pulp to save the tooth and prevent further infection and inflammation. After successful endodontic treatment, the tooth continues to perform normally.
I’m Worried About X-Rays. Should I Be?
No. While x-rays and radiographs will be necessary during your endodontic treatment, we use an advanced, non-film computerized system called digital radiography, which produces far less radiation than those of already low dose conventional dental x-ray machinery. These digital images can be optimized, archived, printed, and sent to other healthcare providers.
What About Infection?
Again, there’s no need for concern. We adhere to the most rigorous standards of infection control advocated by OSHA, the Centers for Disease Control, and the American Dental Association. We utilize autoclave sterilization and barrier techniques to reduce or eliminate the risk of infection.
What Happens After Treatment?
When your root canal therapy has been completed, a record of your treatment will be sent to your restorative dentist. You should contact his or her office for a follow-up restoration within a few weeks of completion at our office. It is rare for endodontic patients to experience complications after routine endodontic treatment, or microsurgery. If a problem does occur, however, we are available to respond.
What New Technologies Are Being Used?
Please refer to our Advanced Technology page to read about the innovative technologies used in our office to provide precise, effective diagnosis and treatments for our patients.