When people talk about endodontics, they are generally referring to the procedure known as root canal treatment.
Endodontics is the arm of dentistry concerned with the pulp – the soft tissue at the centre of each tooth. It use to be the case that teeth with damaged pulps had to be removed. Now a root canal treatment is a safe solution that can be use for saving the tooth and maintaining your natural smile.
Signs you may need a root canal treatment:
- Severe Tooth Sensitivity or tooth ache
- Nerve damage to a tooth (hot and cold foods lead to discomfort)
- Extreme biting discomfort which does not disappear
- Touching or pressing the tooth hurts
- Cracks which go into the Root Canal of a tooth
- Trauma/damage to a tooth effecting the nerve inside a tooth
- Tooth discolouration
When you come in for your appointment, your dentist will examine your tooth and take X-rays in order to diagnose the cause of your problem. After proper examination, your dentist will be able to tell you the best course of action to resolve your symptoms or ask you to visit an endodontist, a specialist who treats nerve damage to the teeth. Depending on the cause of the problem, your dentist may recommend a root canal.
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