What Do Endodontists Do?

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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.

Endodontic Treatments


Are you experiencing a tooth ache? If so, you are likely in a lot of pain right now, and wishing for something that can magically take it away quickly. Fortunately, there’s a special dentist specifically for this purpose. Endodontists can perform root canal and other types of treatments in order to save your tooth and eliminate all pain.

Root canal treatments involve using a drill to create a hole in the tooth. This gives our expert in endodontics access to the pulp, which has become infected. All of the infected tissue is removed and replaced with a special dental packing material. The tooth is then restored with a crown or filling.

Endodontic retreatment is sometimes necessary after root canal therapy. This is needed when some infected tissue has been missed and not removed, typically from deep in the bottom of the canals. Our endodontist can go back into the tooth and ensure any infected tissue is gone. Endodontic treatment is also sometimes necessary after a physical accident in which a tooth has been broken, or the pulp otherwise affected.

If you are suffering from a tooth ache, do not ignore the pain – it will not go away on its own. You will need the help of our experienced dentist in San Francisco as soon as possible.