In Greek, “endo” means “inside” and “odont” means tooth. Endodontics is, therefore, a term that refers to the study and treatment of the innermost part of the tooth: the pulp.
The pulp is situated in the heart of tooth’s crown and stretches down both of its roots to other tissues in the jawbone. In the early years, pulp provides nutrients for teeth to grow, but after the tooth is fully mature, it can be sustained by the surrounding tissues of the jaw. If the pulp becomes infected, it can be removed with little harm to the tooth itself. This is called a root canal.
Endodontists spend two years beyond dental school studying the pulp of the teeth and treatment techniques for diseased pulp. They use advanced equipment invented to enable the quick and painless diagnosis and rescue of infected teeth.
A root canal can be a tricky procedure for a general dentist. For example, some dental roots are strangely shaped or difficult to locate. If your root canal is needed in a tooth with multiple fillings or crowns, the dental work may conceal the source of the pain in the X-Ray. There are cases when patients need second root canals because there has been a procedural error in the first treatment. To prevent this from happening or make sure it is done right the second time, calling on a specialist can be very wise.
If you are in need of endodontic treatment in Fallbrook, California, please call 760.728.2261 to reach Richard G. Goble, DDS. Dr. Richard G. Goble and our excellent team will give you the advanced care you need to save your smile.