Endodontics is the area of dentistry dealing with the tooth’s pulp and the surrounding tissues.  Located inside the tooth, the pulp contains nerves, veins, arteries and lymph tissue.  In addition to providing pain relief, endodontic therapy aims to save the natural tooth whenever possible. Sometimes when a crown or a filling is placed, the tooth can become sensitive because the restorative material is very close to the pulp. By removing the pulp and nerve, and preserving the tooth, endodontic treatment can prevent the problems to adjacent teeth that extraction (tooth pulling) can cause, helping maintain dental health and saving money in the long run.

The treatment of choice when the damage to the dental pulp is so extensive that the tooth is unable to repair itself and has become infected is a root canal. This is the most common procedure endodontists perform.  During a root canal, the pulp and nerves of the tooth as well as bacteria and any decay are removed.  The resulting cavity is sealed off with material that prevents bacteria from reentering the tooth.  Endodontists can also cure abscesses and problematic tooth anatomy.

Reasons for endodontic therapy
  • Decay is affecting the tooth’s pulp.
  • An abscess or infection has developed at the root tip or inside the tooth.
  • Injury or trauma has caused the pulp to die, risking infection.
  • Problematic tooth anatomy is threatening the health of the tooth and/or adjacent teeth

Endodontic treatment generally takes one to three visits.  Your tooth may be sensitive for several days following treatment, but this will diminish as the tooth heals and the inflammation subsides.

Dr. Michael Weisner, DDS Dr. Marta Janion, DDS