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What is Endodontics?

Dentist and patient looking at x-rays Endodontics is one of the nine specialty fields recognized by the American Dental Association. The word itself is a compound of two different words, “endo” meaning inside and “odont” meaning tooth. Practitioners of endodontics provide a variety of advanced treatments to help patients avoid unnecessary tooth loss. At Legacy Dental SA, we are proud to incorporate endodontic care including pulpotomy, root canal, and endodontic retreatment into our San Antonio dentistry practice. If you have questions about endodontics, read this page to find out more, or call our caring dentists and team to schedule a consultation today. We’d love to hear from you.

What Treatments are Included in Endodontics?

Endodontists can treat a wide range of oral health issues that affect the interior part of the tooth called the pulp where the nerve system is housed. Some of the common treatments performed by endodontists include:

  • Dental sensitivity – much of the time, dental sensitivity is a result of irritants accessing the nerve system of the tooth, and endodontist can often help patients experiencing dental sensitivity with treatments that prevent irritants from accessing the nerve system.
  • Root canal – the most commonly performed endodontic treatment, root canal is the removal of damaged pulp and nerve tissue to protect teeth.
  • Pulpotomy – for children who experience damage or decay that accesses the inner part of their primary teeth, we may complete a pulpotomy. These treatments are minimally invasive and they allow us to retain a primary tooth which will be holding the place for the developing adult tooth below the gum line.
  • Endodontic retreatment – if a root canal procedure fails, it is likely because one or more small root canals is not fully cleaned out during the original root canal procedure. For these patients, retreatment may be possible to remove pulp and nerve tissue and save the damaged tooth.

What Should I Expect After Endodontic Treatment?

Many patients hear horror stories of failed endodontic treatments where people end up losing their teeth after undergoing an advanced treatment. If you’ve heard these stories, it’s important that you understand they are the exception and not the rule. When properly completed, endodontic treatments rarely fail. If you do notice severe toothache pain or sensitivity, soft tissue infection, or dental shifting following your endodontic treatment, you should call us back right away. In some cases, we’re able to retreat the tooth and prevent loss of your teeth.

Does Endodontic Treatment Hurt?

No more than other advanced dentistry procedures. We will do our utmost to keep you comfortable throughout even the most advanced endodontic procedures, using local anesthetics and more advanced dental sedation. In most cases, patients experience significant reduction in pain following their endodontic treatment as the nerve system is no longer being painfully irritated by damage and decay. Following your procedure, you may experience some mild discomfort for the first few days during healing. If you experience severe pain or other concerns following endodontic treatment, please contact Legacy Dental SA right away. We’ll be happy to help.