What Procedures Does an Endodontist Perform?

All dentists receive some type of endodontic training in dental schools. However, endodontists receive an additional one to two years of training to perform endodontic procedures. Our specialists at Boston Endodontics are trained to find the cause of oral or facial pain that is often difficult to diagnose, and can perform specialized procedures dealing with the tooth’s pulp.

Endodontic Treatments

The words endo- and –odont mean inside and tooth in Greek. Endodontics, then, means treating the inside of the tooth. Inside the tooth under the enamel and the dentin is a soft tissue known as the pulp. The pulp consists of the connective tissue, blood vessels and nerves that create the surrounding hard tissues when a tooth develops. The pulp extends from the crown of the tooth to the end of the root. Once a tooth matures, it can survive without the pulp.

Endodontics may be recommended in Boston if the pulp in an individual’s tooth has become inflamed or infected. This can be caused by repeated dental procedures on the tooth, a chip or crack in a tooth, or deep decay. If left untreated, it can lead to pain and the development of an abscess. Signs of pulp damage include hot or cold sensitivity, tooth discoloration, swelling or tenderness in the gums, and pain. However, sometimes there are no signs at all. This is why it’s important to have regular dental exams and X-rays to detect these issues inside the tooth.

Schedule an Appointment at Boston Endodontics

When you’re having oral or facial pain, it’s time to hire a dental professional that can perform endodontics from Boston Endodontics. Never leave tooth pain untreated as it can create more health problems for you. To schedule an appointment at Boston Endodontics today, call our Boston office at (617) 742-3525 or our Lynnfield office at 781-245-8828.