Endodontic FAQs

What is endodontics?

Endodontics is a branch of dentistry. Involving treatment of the pulp ( root canal ) and surrounding tissues of the tooth.  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 Endodontist removes the diseased pulp to save the tooth and prevent further infection and inflammation.

After successful endodontic treatment, the tooth continues to perform normally.

What about infection?

We adhere to the most rigorous standards of infection control.  We utilize autoclave sterilization and barrier techniques to eliminate any risk of infection.

What happens after treatment?

When your Root Canal Therapy has been completed, Your dentist will decide on what type of restoration is necessary to protect your tooth.  It is rare for endodontic patients to experience complications after routine endodontic treatment. If a problem does occur, however, we are available at all times to respond.