Diseases and Injuries of Soft Tissues
Endodontics is a specialized branch of dentistry that deals with the complex structures found inside the teeth. The Greek word “Endodontics” literally means “inside the tooth” and relates to the tooth pulp, tissues, and nerves. Some of the symptoms of pulpal issues include throbbing spontaneous pain, sensitivity to hot or cold, sensitivity to chewing, swelling and drainage of gums around the tooth, abnormal discoloration of the tooth, and abscess formation at the bottom of the tooth.
Fractures and Chips
Root canal therapy may be required when a large part of the surface or crown has become detached. The removal of this portion leaves pulp exposed, which can cause severe, debilitating pain for the patient without treatment.
Injuries to the teeth can be caused by a direct or indirect blow to the mouth area, resulting in a tooth being dislodged from its socket. Such injuries require attention from an endodontist who can successfully initiate root canal therapy.
In the case where a tooth is knocked out of its socket, our endodontists are specialized in performing root canal therapy to save the tooth. In such emergencies, it’s critical that the patient place the tooth back in its socket as quickly as possible, or to place it in a special dental solution (available at most pharmacies) or milk to keep the inner mechanisms of the tooth moist while you’re seeking attention from a dental professional.