In our practice, we find that many patients are unsure about the field of endodontics. It seems to be one of those terms many people have heard, but do not understand. Unlike the discipline of orthodontics, which most people instantly recognize, endodontics is not well understood.
Endodontics is the dental specialty focusing on the inside of the teeth. One of the most common procedures endodontists perform on a regular basis is root canal. As far as dental treatments are concerned, the root canal is the most disliked. The dislike is often from reputation and not experience or facts. Years ago, root canals were painful, sometimes exceptionally so. The pain came from the problematic nature of trying to numb the area full of dead and decaying nerves and blood vessels. Without a good technique, endodontists at that time did the best job they could do at numbing the tooth and surrounding area. Fortunately, dental technologies are much more advanced now, and the majority of patients are pleasantly surprised at how simple, and pain-free the root canal is these days.
Endodontists do more than root canal procedures. Because they care for the area inside of your teeth, endodontists frequently care for teeth that have sustained a traumatic injury. Also, an endodontist would be the most likely choice for caring for a cracked tooth, surgically removing cysts or growths, and performing surgery to transplant a tooth.
To become an endodontist, a student must first earn a dental degree and go on to attend an accredited endodontics program. The postgraduate endodontic education usually will take between two and three years to complete.
The vast majority of dental problems fall under the expertise of our dentist in Tarzana. However, in the event that you should have a complicated dental problem, our highly skilled endodontist is here to help.