What is endodontics?
Endodontics is a speciality branch of dentistry recognized by the American Dental Association involving treatment of the pulp (root canal) and surrounding tissues of 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. Though the outer portion of the root is a hard tissue called dentin, the inside channel or “root canal” contains a pulp of soft tissue, blood vessels and nerves. Bacteria that are introduced into the pulp as a result of tooth decay, periodontal disease, tooth fracture or other problems, can severely damage the pulp. When that happens, an endodontic specialist removes the diseased pulp to save the tooth and prevent further infection and inflammation. After successful endodontic treatment, the tooth continues to perform normally.
What does it mean to be a Board Certified endodontist?
A Board Certified endodontist is one who has satisfied all requirements of the certification process by the American Board of Endodontics. Board Certification requires the completion of a three part examination process including a written examination, a case history portfolio review, and an oral examination. This process typically takes several years to achieve and requires many years of hard work and deep commitment to professional excellence. Board Certification is the highest level of achievement in endodontics. Diplomate status is given to endodontists who have demonstrated diagnostic skill, clinical proficiency, and professional judgment of a level that ensures the highest quality of care for patients.
What happens after treatment?
When your root canal therapy has been completed, a record of your treatment will be sent to your general dentist. It is possible that follow up care with your dentist will be required following your endodontic treatment. Details regarding this will be discussed at your examination appointment.