Endodontics is a specialty in dentistry. In Greek the word ‘endo’ mean inside and ‘odons’ mean tooth. Endodontics is concerned with the tooth pulp and the tissues surrounding the root of a tooth. The pulp contains the nerves, arterioles and venules as well as lymphatic tissue and fibrous tissue. If these have become diseased or are injured because of any reason, endodontic treatment is suggested by the dentist to save the tooth/teeth. A dentist who has specialized in this field is qualified as an Endodontist. This requires an additional 2-3 years of training for a dental graduate. Many Endodontists specialize and limit their practice to root canal therapy and root canal surgery only. They use their special training and expertise in treating those conditions which are extremely challenging. Some of these include teeth with narrow or blocked canals or teeth with unusual anatomy. Endodontists generally use advanced technologies which involves the use of the operating microscopes, ultrasonics and digital imaging which prove to be of great help in such difficult cases. Patients who complain of acute pain are examined by the dentists. They are suggested to go for root canal therapy. Root canal therapy has some fixed procedures to follow. Root canal therapy is one of the most common therapies that an Endodontist performs. There are many more treatments which an Endodontist may follow depending upon the requirement. Some of these include incision for drainage, internal tooth bleaching & periradicular surgery (apicoectomy).
Root Canal is a treatment which scares many people, when they are told that they will have to undergo the treatment. But, it is not that complicated as it is assumed. Root Canal Treatment can relieve the dental pain of the patient instantly. It is known as the best treatment as the original tooth is retained, even if there is a little possibility. After the root canal treatment, the tooth/teeth functions exactly the way the original teeth functions. Basically, a root canal is nothing but a capillary, which runs from the base of the root of the tooth to the middle of the crown.
The crown is the visible part of the tooth. The root canal carries the pulps which are mainly a network of blood and nerve cells. These are the components which actually brings life to the tooth. Tooth/teeth may be damaged because of various reasons. One of the main reasons is cavity in the tooth. The cavity grows deeper and deeper and eventually touches the nerve. Bacteria make way into the cavity and the root canal gets inflamed. This causes tremendous pain. Some other reasons which result in tooth/teeth damage include accidental cracks or infection from gums reaching to the base of roots. Anyways, in all such cases, root canal treatments can be the perfect solution. Most common symptoms where root canal treatment may be required to be done include severe tooth pain, tooth sensitivity, swelling around the tooth and pain while chewing.GO BACK TO THE HOMEPAGE