Endodontics is the dental specialty that deals with the dental pulp inside of a tooth. Within the dental pulp are the tooth nerves. When a tooth is compromised, the inside can be susceptible to decay. An endodontist treats the inside of the tooth in order to save the tooth structure. Our primary goal is to save your natural teeth whenever possible.
Root canal, or endodontic, treatment may be necessary when the pulp tissue inside the root canals of a tooth becomes infected or damaged, which can be caused by dental trauma or decay. The pulp, which is located inside the root canals, contains blood vessels, nerves, and connective tissue. A tooth generally has between one and four root canals. A root canal procedure may be performed on a single root canal or multiple root canals within a tooth.
Second Opinion: If you have been told that a previous root canal has failed or that a tooth needs to be removed, be sure to get a second and third opinion. According to the ADA, replacing a single tooth with an implant can cost from $4,000 – $6,000. While implants can be a great solution, you should first make sure that all possibilities of saving the tooth have been exhausted. Please give our office a call to schedule an appointment for a second, or even third, opinion.