Endodontists are dentists who specialize in saving teeth through different procedures which involve the pulp (nerve) and root of teeth. Endodontist comes from the Greek "endo" meaning inside and the word "odont" meaning tooth. All dentists are trained to treat and diagnose diseases of the pulp (nerve), however, some teeth can be especially difficult to diagnose and treat. Reason why some patients are referred to the endodontist.
What is a Root Canal?
- A root canal is a dental treatment done under local anesthesia to remove a damaged nerve while saving the tooth. The procedure is done under a sheet of latex called the "rubber dam" placed around the tooth to isolate it, hence keeping it clean and dry during treatment. The treatment consists of three or four basic steps, but the number of visits will depend on your particular case. Some treatments take 2 visits but many are just a single visit. Occasionally 3 appointments are needed. It all depends on the degree of infection/inflammation and degree of treatment difficulty.
We believe it is more important to do it the very best we can than to meet a specific time criteria.
- Endodontic therapy when done properly and under ideal circumstances has a very high degree of success, up to 90%. Since all teeth do not always follow this criteria, we will discuss with you the chances of success for your specific tooth, before any endodontic procedure is done to help you make an informed decision.