These Six Facts About Endodontics May Surprise You | Louisville Endodontist

//These Six Facts About Endodontics May Surprise You | Louisville Endodontist


You may not have heard the term “endodontics” unless you have been referred to a specialist for a root canal procedure. Even if you have, there are a few interesting facts about this dental specialty that you may not have known.

  1. “Endodontics” is derived from two older Greek terms that literally mean “inner root.” In the word endodontics, “endo” is a prefix meaning “inner,” and “odont” is the root word meaning “tooth.” Endodontic treatment dates back to the 17th century.
  2.  Endodontics is the study, diagnosis, and treatment of the internal structure of the tooth. Among the treatments available are root canal therapy, apicoectomy, treatment of tooth infection, and others.
  3. The first step in becoming an endodontist is to become a dentist. Endodontists, like our doctor, must first earn a degree in dentistry before they can qualify as specialists. In order to acquire their specialization, they will need to complete 2-4 more years of focused education and training. The advanced training they receive allows them to focus solely on dental issues, which are related to the nerves and roots of your teeth.
  4. It is possible to preserve a tooth through root canal treatment. Antibiotics are not sufficient to treat an infection that occurs in the soft inner tissues of your teeth. As opposed to removing your permanent tooth, a root canal treatment will remove the infection and fill the tooth to prevent future damage. It is possible to preserve your teeth for a lifetime with a single root canal treatment.
  5. Tooth-related pain can be relieved through root canal therapy. Contrary to popular belief, the pain associated with root canal treatment is not caused by the procedure itself. It is the infection or trauma that underlies the need for treatment and causes the pain. While your tooth may be tender for a few days following treatment, most patients notice a significant reduction in sensitivity.
  6.  An endodontist may be able to save a tooth if you have experienced dental trauma. Aside from their expertise in root canal treatment, endodontists are trained in a variety of issues related to dental trauma. In many cases, an injured tooth can be stabilized or repositioned by our doctor without the need for extraction.

We want to ensure that you have a healthy smile for life. Please contact our office if you would like more information about endodontics or if you would like to schedule a root canal procedure.


Scott A. Norton, DMD of Louisville
Phone: (502) 899-5559
4010 Dupont Circle, Suite #276
Louisville, KY 40207
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