The word Endodontic like many medical terms, is Greek, "endo" meaning inside and "odont" meaning tooth. Endodontics is a dental speciality that deals with tooth pulp and the tissue surrounding the root of a tooth. In the case of minor tooth decay, usually a filling or crown will suffice. However, in advanced stages of decay, the centre of a tooth can be affected and this is where the nerves and roots are located. When nerve endings in the tissue surrounding a tooth become damaged or infected, as is often noted by pain, a root canal is the usual method used to repair the tooth. Saving your tooth is our top priority and to help you avoid extraction, a root canal is an excellent option. This option is ideal for a tooth that may have interior decay but still have a healthy portion on its exterior.
Symptoms of nerve damage or infection include, severe tooth pain, darkened color of the tooth, unusual sensitivity to heat and cold, swelling, tenderness or recurring lesions on the gums. However, in some cases, even though no symptoms are present, endodontics may still be an essential step in maintaining overall oral health.
A consultation with one of our dentists can help you determine if endodontics is a viable option for you.