Endodontics is the branch of dentistry concerned with diseases of the human dental pulp and the surrounding tissues. The term 'root canal treatment' refers to the most common treatment rendered by an endodontist, which is the procedure of cleaning diseased or infected tissue from inside the tooth followed by the placement of a hermetic seal or three-dimensional dental filling in the space (root canal) formerly occupied by this tissue. Using a local anesthetic, there is little or no discomfort to the procedure.
The main benefit of a root canal treatment is the saving of a tooth which would otherwise require a tooth extraction. This enables the tooth to remain in the mouth and contribute to a sound, healthy and functional dentition for many years if not for a lifetime. A general dentist may also perform root canal treatment.
The scope of endodontics includes, but is not limited to, the differential diagnosis and treatment of oral pains of pulpal and/or periapical origin; vital pulp therapy such as pulp capping and pulpotomy; nonsurgical treatment of root canal systems, and the three dimensional filling of these systems; surgical root canal treatment to remove pathology from the bone; hemisection; the intentional replantation of teeth and retreatment of teeth previously treated endodontically.
How Can I Tell if I Might Need a Root Canal Treatment?
If you are experiencing any of these problems, please ask your dentist for a dental examination. Many general dentists refer their patients to an endodontist for their endodontic needs. Endodontists have received advanced training and have learned the techniques to give you the very best dental care.
Remember, root canal treatment doesn't cause pain, it relieves pain. Modern endodontic (root canal) therapy is a predictable way of keeping your teeth for many years.
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