What is an Endodontist?
Endodontics is a specialty in dentistry that involves the diagnosis and treatment of disease involving the inside of the tooth (the dental pulp) and the bone surrounding the tooth. An injured tooth can result in nerve pain, and a diseased tooth can cause infection in the jawbone. Endodontists are dental specialists that diagnose and treat these problems with the goals of healing the disease while preserving the patient’s tooth. The endodontist, with advanced skills, training, and technologies, can treat complexities that would otherwise result in loss of teeth.
All teeth have an internal nerve and blood supply which is called the dental pulp. When the pulp is injured or diseased, nerve pain and jawbone infection can occur. Endodontics is the area of dentistry involved in the diagnosis and treatment of these problems. We call this root canal therapy.
Pain diagnosis is another area of the endodontic specialty. Complex pain conditions need to be proper diagnosis so the correct treatment can be done. Not all pain in the mouth and facial regions are of endodontic origin, so proper treatment always begins with proper diagnosis.