Endodontic Frequently asked Questions
What is endodontics?
Endodontics is a specialty branch of dentistry recognized by the American Dental Association involving treatment of the pulp (the tissues inside the roots) and tissues surrounding 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. The root is composed of hard tissue on the outside called dentin. The inside of the root contains a hollow core called a “canal”; it contains a pulp of soft tissue, blood vessels and nerves. Bacteria that invades the pulp as a result of tooth decay, periodontal disease, tooth fracture or other problems, can severely damage the pulp. This can result in pain or swelling, or no symptoms at all. To resolve this problem, it becomes necessary for an endodontic specialist to removes the diseased pulp to save the tooth and prevent further infection and inflammation. After successful endodontic treatment, the tooth continues to function normally.
What distinguishes your office from other offices?
We are one of the most experienced endodontic offices in the country. Our endodontists are either on faculty or have been on faculty at some of the most prestigious dental schools.We are highly recognized within the field as thought leaders, innovators, and consultants for educational programs and dental manufactures. For more details about our well recognized endodontists, please make sure you visit the Meet Us page of this website.
I’m worried about x-rays. Should I be?
No. While x-rays will be necessary during your endodontics treatment, we use an advanced non-film computerized system, called digital radiography, that produces radiation levels up to 90 percent lower than those of already low dose conventional dental x-ray machines. These digital images can be optimized, archived, printed and sent to co-therapists via e-mail.
What about infection control within our office?
Again, there’s no need for concern. We exceed the most rigorous standards for office infection control as advocated by OSHA, the Centers for Disease Control and the American Dental Association. We utilize autoclave sterilization and barrier techniques to eliminate any risk of infection between patients.
What happens after treatment?
When your root canal therapy has been completed, a record of your treatment will be sent to your restorative dentist. You should contact their office for a follow-up restoration within a few weeks of your endodontic treatment from our office. Your restorative dentist will decide on what type of restoration is necessary to best protect your tooth. It is rare for endodontic patients to experience complications after routine endodontic treatment or microsurgery. If a problem does occur, however, we are available at all times to respond.
What new technologies are being used?
In addition to digital radiography, we utilize special operating microscopes. Magnification and fiber optic illumination are very important in aiding the doctor to see tiny details inside your tooth. This allows us the optimal visualization and precision to perform your endodontic treatment.
Computer Assisted Handpieces (“drills”):
At the forefront of modern endodontics is the use of electronic handpieces (“drills”). This allows our endodontists to have the greatest precision in removing diseased tissues, with the highest level of control and noise reduction. The added efficiency of this device permits most endodontic procedures to be performed in just one visit.