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What Is an Endodontist?

Close up of model of a set of teeth with one tooth with visible rootsEndodontics is a specialized field of dentistry that involves restoring the inside of a damaged tooth, usually through root canal therapy. While many general dentists offer root canals, few are as skilled and well-qualified as a trained endodontist. As specialists in this area, we here at Boise Endodontics are honored to provide the best possible endodontic care to all members of our community!

When Is It Time to Visit Our Office?

Generally speaking, each tooth is comprised of three major biological materials: the enamel, the dentin, and the pulp. The pulp, which contains blood vessels, connective tissues, and nerve endings, can be found at the center of every tooth. It also extends down to the roots and is largely considered the lifeblood of each tooth.

If the enamel layer is damaged due to tooth decay or trauma, it can leave the dentin and pulp vulnerable to infection. An infection in the pulp is not only extremely painful; it can threaten the life of the tooth. For this reason, a severe toothache usually requires the help of an endodontist and should be addressed as soon as possible.

Why Visit an Endodontist?

According to the American Association of Endodontists, less than three percent of dentists receive extensive endodontic training. In addition to four years of conventional dental school, endodontists like our doctors complete another two to four years of specialized education. The extra training our doctors have received in endodontics is why your general dentist may choose to refer you to a specialist.

Ultimately, you may be referred to an endodontist to save a diseased or damaged tooth from extraction. While we mainly do root canal therapy, we also offer some other procedures to address cracked teeth and dental trauma. We will be able to determine what type of endodontic treatment you need during your initial consultation appointment.

What Does Endodontic Treatment Involve?

We offer several different forms of endodontic treatment, some of which include:
•  Root Canals
•  Endodontic Retreatment
•  Regenerative Endodontics
•  Endodontic Surgery Apicoectomy
•  Treatment of Cracked Teeth
•  Addressing Dental Trauma

Most of these treatments involve the removal of the infected or diseased tooth pulp, dentin, or enamel. To help save the tooth, we must stop the spread of infection by removing the pulp and replacing it with a rubber-like material known as gutta-percha.

Sealing off the root canals with gutta-percha helps keep bacteria out of the tooth and prevent future infections. However, a tooth without the nerves, blood vessels, and connective tissues found in the pulp can become brittle over time. For this reason, most teeth that have undergone endodontic treatment are usually capped with dental crowns. Crowns help restore the function and appearance of a damaged tooth.

Schedule an Appointment Now!

If you suffer from severe tooth pain, or you have simply been referred to our office, our team is here to help! Call (208) 376-6307 to schedule your initial appointment now!
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Boise Endodontics, 1070 N. Curts Rd. Suite # 240, Boise, ID 83706 | (208) 376-6307 | | 5/2/2024 | Key Phrases: Endodontist Boise ID |