What is Endodontics?

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There are several forms of dentistry, practiced by experts who studied these specific avenues of the profession. For example, cosmetic dentists are concerned with the appearance of teeth, while periodontists diagnose and treat gum disease. Endodontists are experts in the inside of the teeth, where the pulp and nerves are found. This can be easily realized by the fact that ‘endo’ means inside, and ‘odont’ refers to teeth.

Our teeth are comprised of a soft inner tissue called pulp, which can be found alongside the nerves and blood vessels in the tooth’s canals. Sometimes the pulp becomes infected or inflamed. This is usually due to a lack of sufficient dental hygiene leading to plaque, which can make its way to the center of the tooth, though may also be caused by a crack or a fracture. An endodontist can diagnose the exact cause, and perform the treatment necessary to correct the issue and restore the tooth.

The solution to an infected, inflamed, or injured tooth is usually a root canal treatment. During your first visit to our San Francisco endodontist for a root canal therapy, the infected pulp will be removed and replaced with a temporary filling, or left to drain for a few days. During your second appointment, you will get your permanent filling, and can then return shortly after for a crown.


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