“Endo-” means inside and “-dont” refers to tooth. This means that “endodontic” involves the nerve inside a tooth. As such, an endodontist is someone who specializes in treating the inside of teeth.
Endodontic treatment, or therapy, involves treatment inside the tooth, rather than the outside. Most commonly, it involves a root canal.
What Happens During a Root Canal?
A root canal is when your dentist or endodontist opens up a tooth to remove the nerve. This relieves pressure from inflammation and infection. After cleaning out the debris, bacteria, and dead tissue, your dentist sterilizes the inside of the tooth and seals it off.
After a root canal, your tooth will need a dental crown. From that point onwards, you shouldn’t feel any more pain.
Do You Need a Root Canal?
You may need endodontic treatment if your tooth has nerve damage or is in danger of infection.
An infected dental nerve or one exposed by a cracked tooth can be very painful. You may need a root canal if your tooth is causing severe pain or sensitivity. Discoloration can also be a sign that the nerve is dying.
However, it is possible to need endodontic treatment even when you don’t feel any discomfort. Your dentist can detect problems before they start to bother you and might recommend a root canal. For example, teeth with very old fillings are often prone to developing leaks or new decay around them.
In rare occasions, a tooth doesn’t respond to the first root canal and needs retreatment.
Ask your dentist about the possibility of endodontic treatment if you have a tooth that’s cracked, painful, or starting to darken.
Posted on behalf of:
West Hill Family Dental
132 New Britain Avenue
Rocky Hill, CT 06067
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