Endodontics Blog Archives

Endodontics is a specialty of dentistry focusing on the soft tissue inside the teeth (the pulp).  An endodontist undergoes two and a half years of additional education and training to be the foremost experts on diseases and conditions of the pulp. The most commonly performed procedure in the category of endodontics is a root canal.

All teeth are hollow, and the hard encasement of enamel and dentin surrounds a chamber where nerves and blood vessels live.  These nerves and blood vessels make up the pulp tissue, which is the focus of endodontics.  Because infections inside the pulp can easily and quickly spread into the tissues surrounding the root of a tooth, endodontists are responsible for treating dental infections in order to enable someone to keep the infected tooth.

In addition to root canals, endodontists perform a variety of dental procedures to help a patient keep a tooth with a pulpal problem.  This includes treatments to help a developing tooth finish its formation despite an injury or infection and surgeries to eliminate persistent infections around a tooth’s root.

How to choose an endodontist

Choosing an Endodontist

How to Choose an Endodontist When you need endodontic treatment, like a root canal, you must find an experienced specialist you can trust. Your dentist will likely give you a referral. Still, you can use other methods to find an endodontist with whom you’re comfortable being treated. The following tips will help you learn how

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Endodontic Treatment for Root Fracture

Endodontic Treatment For A Root Fracture  A root fracture occurs when the portion of your tooth below the gum tissue is cracked. It’s not likely visible to the naked eye unless it extends into the crown. As a result, root fractures are more challenging to diagnose and treat. But you do have options to restore

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Root Canal Alternatives

Alternatives to a Root Canal When a patient is told they may need a root canal, one of the most popular questions asked is, “What are the alternatives to a root canal?” For some patients, there is no alternative. However, depending on your oral health and additional dental circumstances, you may explore a different treatment.  

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How to choose an endodontist

Signs of Root Canal Failure

What To Know About a Failing Root Canal A root canal is a procedure that removes the bacteria from the root of an infected tooth. With a success rate around 90-95%, that means 5% of root canals will need to be redone. Here are the symptoms associated with a failed root canal: Tooth Pain After

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What is Root Resorption and How Do We Treat it?

You may be diagnosed with root resorption after starting orthodontic treatment or experience a dental accident. Your dentist may recommend an endodontic treatment or extraction. Most of the time, root resorption is a condition that is well managed if it is diagnosed early. What is Root Resorption? Root resorption is a progressive loss of the

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Learn what it takes to become an Endodontist

How to Become an Endodontist

Becoming an Endodontist The endodontic specialty is a part of dentistry that is more challenging than most other specialties. The biggest reason is that Endodontists deal with emergencies of pulpal diseases and dental pain inside the tooth. Patients are referred to the Endodontist for tooth pain, so time is of the essence to find the

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Is Root Canal Treatment a Surgery?

Many people fear root canals because they do not understand exactly what they are. Root canal treatments are essential dental procedures that are necessary to prevent the dangerous spread of infection and save your tooth. In this article, we’ll explain what a root canal is and how we classify it. What is a Root Canal?

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What to Know About Apicoectomies

The word apicoectomy may sound like a foreign language to many of you. This dental procedure is not as common as most others, which is why you may not have heard of it. If you find yourself in need of one, there are several things you will want to know. What is an Apicoectomy? An apicoectomy

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Laughing Gas for Root Canals

Some people hear the phrase “root canal” and shiver in fear.  This common endodontic procedure has an unfairly bad reputation.  Most people who fear them have never had one, so they are not reacting from experience, but from hearsay. Today, root canal treatments can be completely comfortable, and one of the ways we ensure patients’

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Cone beam CT (CBCT) is part of our dental technology suite

Cone Beam Technology

What is a Cone Beam, and Why Do I Need it for a Root Canal? Advances in technology make dentistry better.  One of the important advances in imaging is the use of cone beam computed tomography, or CBCT. We also call it a “cone beam” image.  CBCT images provide great advantages during a root canal treatment,

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