The Anatomy of a Tooth
Teeth are the hardest substance in the human body and serve an important function in day-to-day living. Beneath the hard external surfaces is a vulnerable tissue known as the dental pulp. While the nerve inside the dental pulp gets most of the attention, this tissue is very complex and plays an important role in the development of the tooth. The dental pulp reaches down into a network of channels within the roots known as root canals. When the outer surface, enamel, is compromised by cavities or cracks, bacteria can enter the tooth and damage the dental pulp. Trauma can also damage this tissue. Bacteria then overwhelms the pulp tissue leading to pain and infection that can extend from the tooth into the bone and other structures of the head and neck. Root canal therapy is necessary to preserve the health of the tooth and the surround tissues.
What is Endodontics?
Endodontics is the branch of dentistry concerned with the health and vitality of the dental pulp and tissues surrounding the tooth's roots. Its study and practice encompass the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of diseases and injuries to the tooth, dental pulp, and surrounding tissues. Endodontics is one of nine dental specialties recognized by the American Dental Association (ADA).
What is an Endodontist?
Endodontists are highly trained dental professionals who have completed an additional two to three years of education from an ADA accredited endodontic program following dental school. This means you receive expert care for your unique situation. Endodontists provide specific procedures aimed at promoting, restoring, and sustaining oral and systemic health. Treatment ranges from routine to complex root canal therapies and root canal retreatments, endodontic surgery, apexification and apexogenesis, or emergency care for cracked or injured teeth.