Questions Commonly Asked About Endodontic Treatments

Today, our top dentists in Derby talk about endodontic treatments. Find out what they are, what’s involved and possible causes in our special blog.

What does endodontic mean?

It actually comes from the Greek words ‘endon’, meaning ‘within’ (or internal), ‘odonto’, meaning ‘tooth’, and ‘ology’, meaning ‘study’. So, put it all together and it’s the study of the inside of the teeth.

What is endodontics about?

It’s all to do with the space inside the tooth. This is actually called a ‘root canal’, and it’s filled with a bundle of nerves and tissue called ‘dental pulp’. It helps the teeth stay healthy and protected, but as a living structure, it can become infected and cause dental concerns.

What types of treatment are involved?

The most common is a root canal, where a cavity has formed and the inside pulp has become infected. This is cleaned and treated, and the tooth is then sealed with a filling.

Other treatments include apicectomy, where the root tip is removed; root resection, where one part of the tooth root is removed; and tooth resection, where the roots and part of the crown are removed. There is also a procedure that ‘drains’ away an infection of the pulp.

Do I have to have endodontic treatment?

In some cases, an untreated tooth or problem can lead to extraction of the tooth. While treatments such as tooth implants are extremely effective, in our opinion, there’s nothing better than your natural tooth. Also, delaying or avoiding treatment can cause more problems and more costly treatment in the future.

Why would I need to see an endodontic specialist?

It might be for diagnosis, prevention or treatment. Endodontics can involve surgery; restorative treatments; preparations; and therapy.

What’s caused disease in my tooth?

Scientists think there are upwards of 500 different bacteria species found just in our mouths, and can cause decay to the tooth, gum and bone concerns (periodontal), disease, and problems with the roots (endodontics). Decay, trauma and repeated procedures are often what leads to endodontic treatment.

Is endodontic treatment expensive?

In our opinion, price shouldn’t get in the way of having a medical-based procedure – especially when the health of your teeth and mouth is at stake. Anyone who has been referred to an endodontic specialist or requires treatment should talk through their options.

If you need help, want a check-up, are concerned about your oral health, or have any other dental concern, we’d advise you to get in touch. Talk to our friendly team today, and we’ll arrange an appointment if needed.