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Endodontics is a branch of dentistry that concentrates on the inside of the tooth, meaning the dental pulp and tissues surrounding the roots of a tooth. Endodontic treatment refers to treatments that focus on the soft pulp tissue located on the inside of the tooth and serve to save the tooth. An endodontist is a specialized dentist who has studied an additional two-three years after dental school to gain the necessary knowledge and experience to perform such specialized procedures. Endodontic procedures include root canal treatment, endodontic surgery, and other special procedures that can save teeth after traumatic dental injuries. We have one of the best Endodontists here at Northridge Dental Group with Dr. Ali Vaziri.
An endodontist can save your natural smile by saving your tooth and allowing it to continue to function as if nothing had happened. If you are experiencing tooth pain or sensitivity, if you suspect a cracked tooth, or if you have suffered dental trauma. You should also seek the immediate attention of an endodontist if your dentist recommended root canal treatment.
Put your mind at ease as we dispel three common myths about root canals:
Myth 1: Root canal treatment is painful.
Decades ago that may have been the case, but with modern technology and anesthetics, you won’t experience any more pain than if you went to have a cavity filled. The pain from a severe toothache, often caused by damaged tissues in the tooth, can be easily remedied when an endodontist removes the damaged tissue through root canal treatment. In addition, endodontists are experts in pain management, and most cases can be treated quickly and comfortably.
Myth 2: Root canal treatment causes illness.
Information you may find on the Internet or elsewhere, claiming that if you receive a root canal treatment you’re more likely to become ill or contract a disease in the future simply isn’t true. This false claim was based on long-debunked and poorly designed research conducted nearly a century ago, long before modern medicine understood the causes of many diseases. There is no valid, scientific evidence linking root canal treatment to disease elsewhere in the body.
Myth 3: It’s better to pull a tooth than have root canal treatment.
Saving your natural teeth, if possible, is always the best option. Nothing artificial can replace the look or function of a natural tooth so it’s important to always consider root canal treatment as an option. Endodontic treatment has a high success rate and many root canal-treated teeth last a lifetime. Replacing an extracted tooth with a bridge or implant requires more time in treatment and may result in further procedures to neighboring teeth and supporting tissue.