What is endodontics? If you look at the etymology of the word, you’ll find that “endo” is Greek for “inside”, while “odont” is Greek for tooth. Endodontics is a term referring to that branch of dentistry that removes the pulp or soft tissue inside the tooth.
The pulp is located in the center of the crown of the tooth and extends down both roots of the teeth where it connects to other tissues in the jawbone. It is the life force of the tooth in its earlier years, but once a tooth is fully grown, it can be kept alive by the surrounding tissues of the jaw.
Endodontists study for at least two years after dental school to become specialists. They can perform root canals, endodontic surgery, and other procedures designed to save teeth. They use advanced equipment to study the inside of the tooth accurately, enabling quick and painless treatments, which are all designed to save your teeth.
While all dentists are trained in basic root canal treatment, this is a rather difficult procedure and calling on a specialist to do the job can be very wise. Some dental roots, for example, are curved or hard to locate in an X-ray, making both diagnosis and treatment more complex. If you are experiencing pain in a tooth with multiple fillings or crowns, this may obscure the source of the pain. There are cases when patients need second root canals because there has been a procedural error in the first treatment.
If you are in need of endodontic treatment in Mill Valley, California, don’t hesitate to call 415-578-5879 to reach Southern Marin Dental. Dr. Sohrab Saghezchi and our team of specialists will give you the advanced care you need to save your smile.