If you’ve never been referred to a specialist for root canal treatment, you may not know the term “endodontics.” To help better understand this dental specialty, here are a few interesting facts:
- Endodontics is taken from the Greek terms meaning “inner tooth.” Endo is a prefix meaning “inner,” and odont is the root word “tooth.” Endodontic treatment dates back to the 17th century.
- Endodontics focuses on the study, diagnosis and treatment of the internal tooth structure. This can include root canal therapy, apicoectomy, treatment of tooth infections, and more.
- Endodontists begin their training as dentists. Prior to obtaining their specialization, an endodontist will earn a degree in dentistry. Afterward, they will complete an additional 2-4 years of focused education and training to earn their specialization.
- Root canal treatment preserves a tooth. If you develop an infection in the soft inner tissue of your tooth, antibiotics are generally unable to treat the issue. Rather than removing your permanent tooth, root canal treatment will clean out the infection and fill the tooth to protect it from further damage. A single root canal treatment can help preserve your tooth for a lifetime.
- Root canal therapy relieves pain. Contrary to popular belief, having root canal treatment is not the cause of the pain that people often associate with it. The procedure relieves the pain. The infection or trauma that underlies the need for treatment is the cause of discomfort. While your tooth will likely be tender for a few days, most patients notice significantly reduced discomfort and sensitivity following treatment.
- Endodontists can help save a tooth following dental trauma. In addition to their expertise in root canal treatment, endodontists receive training in a wide range of dental trauma concerns. In many cases, our doctor may be able to stabilize or reposition an injured tooth to prevent the need for extraction.
To learn more about endodontics or to schedule your root canal treatment, contact the office of Scott A. Norton, DMD of Louisville.
Scott A. Norton, DMD of Louisville
Phone: (502) 899-5559
4010 Dupont Circle, Suite #276
Louisville, KY 40207