Endodontics is a specialized field of dentistry that deals with the cause, diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of the diseases related to the pulp of teeth. An endodontic procedure is carried out by an endodontist.
The dental pulp is the part at the center of the tooth beneath the enamel which is composed of connective tissues. Any pulp related issues are treated by a trained endodontist.
Who is an Endodontist?
Endodontists are dentists who are trained an extra few years of specialization after leaving dental school to treat pulp related problems of teeth. Endodontists must also be licensed in the state where they practice and must remain current with the continuing education requirements. According to the ADA (American Dental Association), an Endodontist must perform an average of 25 root canal treatments per week as compared to a regular dentist.
An endodontist has their practice equipped with the state-of-the-art technology and instruments such as advanced operating microscopes, digital imaging systems and ultrasonic instruments with fiber optics to provide their patients with the best possible dental care.
What is the main area of focus for an Endodontist?
An Endodontist’s primary area of expertise is to treat patients with root canal problems. Root canal treatment is needed when the pulp (the part at the center of the tooth beneath the enamel which is composed of connective tissue) is inflamed or infected. The cause of inflammation or infection could be deep tooth decay, repeated dental procedures on the same tooth or trauma, such as cracks, chipping or root fracture. Also, gum diseases can result in root canal problems.
Dr. An is a skilled professional and will guide patients will proper instructions on how to take care of the teeth after the therapy. Root canal therapy is an excellent choice for retaining and saving the teeth without opting for extractions.
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