Endodontics: what it is, what it does, and why it’s important

Endodontics is a branch of dentistry that is dedicated to the diagnosis and treatment of diseases of the dental pulp, which is the nervous tissue that lies inside the tooth, providing sensitivity and vitality. These diseases can be caused by cavities, trauma, or other conditions.

What is endodontics?

Endodontics is a set of procedures and treatments that aim to remove diseased or infected pulp from the tooth and restore its structure and function. The most common endodontic procedures are root canals (commonly called root canal treatments), which involve removing the pulp from the tooth, cleaning and disinfecting the root canals, and filling them (sealing them) with an appropriate material.

What is endodontics for?

  • To save teeth that have diseased or infected pulp
  • To prevent tooth loss
  • To prevent the spread of infection to other parts of the body
  • To improve oral health and quality of life

Why is endodontics important?

Endodontics is important because it allows saving teeth that would otherwise have to be extracted. The extraction of a tooth can affect chewing, speech, aesthetics, and self-esteem.

If you are experiencing tooth pain, or if you have a tooth with deep decay, schedule your appointment with your dentist today. A timely treatment can save your tooth and prevent more serious problems.

Other useful information

Endodontics is a branch of dentistry that requires a high level of training and specialization. The endodontist is a dentist who has completed a postgraduate course in endodontics.

Endodontic treatments can be performed in multiple sessions or just one. The duration of treatment depends on the complexity of each case.

After endodontic treatment, it is essential to follow the instructions of your dentist to avoid complications.

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