What is Endondontics?

Endodontics is the branch of dentistry which is concerned with the morphology, physiology and pathology of the human dental pulp and periradicular tissues. Its study and practice encompass the basic and clinical sciences including biology of the normal pulp, the etiology, diagnosis, prevention and treatment of diseases and injuries of the pulp and associated periradicular conditions. (Source: ADA.org)

Endodontists treat patients who need root canals, have cracked teeth, and or trauma. Endontists specialize in root canal therapy and other surgical treatments when root canals fail.

What types of diseases does an endodontist treat?

Endodontists specialize in treating gingivitis and periodontitis. Gingivitis is periodontal disease in it's mildest form. It is due to inadequate oral hygiene. The good news is that gingivitis can be reversed. Gingivitis causes gums to become red, swollen, and bleed easily. Periodontitis occurs over time by plaque spreading below the gum line. This invasion of bacteria irritates the gums and spreads through your oral tissue separtating gums from teeth and forming pockets (spaces between the teeth and gums) that become infected. As the disease progresses, the pockets deepen and more gum tissue and bone are destroyed. Because periodontal disease can be present with very mild symptoms, the ADA recommends scheduling a dental cleaning and exam every 6 months. (Source: Perio.org)

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Learn more about endondontics & dental care:

What is an endodontist?
What is a dentist?
Risk factors for periodontal disease

Endodontist are also known as root canal specialists & endodontic dentists.