Endodontics is the specialist branch of dentistry that deals with diseases of the tooth foundation including the tooth root, dental pulp (nerve) and surrounding tissue.
Why would I need to see an endodontist?
Endodontists are Dentists who have undertaken specialist training to manage complicated treatment involving the tooth foundation. While General Dentists are trained in endodontic procedures, your Dentist may refer you to an Endodontist for more specialised care.
Teeth are composed of a hard outer structure composed of enamel and dentine surrounding a soft, living tissue called the pulp. More commonly referred to as the “nerve” of the tooth, the pulp can become diseased or injured and has limited capability to repair itself.
Dental decay, trauma, breakdown of a filling or crown, extreme wear, a crack or chip in the tooth, or gum disease can all lead to damage or infection of the pulp. Such infection can be either acute or chronic and can be painful. The most common procedure to treat pulp infections or disease is root canal therapy, which involves the removal of the diseased pulp tissue. This is a multi-stage procedure and can provide enormous relief to patients who are experiencing pain due to the infection within their tooth. When a tooth has an infected pulp, Root canal therapy is required to save the tooth and to avoid the tooth being removed. For more information about root canal therapy click here.
Endodontists perform their fine and detailed work using a sophisticated operating microscope.
The fee for Endodontic treatment is determined by each individual patient’s requirements. All patients will receive a detailed treatment plan and estimate of fees prior to any treatment commencing.
Patients do not require a referral from their Dentist to see an Endodontist.
If your Dentist has recommended you visit an Endodontist, contact your local Pacific Smiles Dental Clinic for an appointment or for more information.