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What is Endodontics?

The term "endodontics" literally means "inside the tooth," and it focuses on the treatment of a vital component called dental pulp. This soft material resides beneath the sturdy enamel and outer layers of your tooth, consisting of a complex network of nerves, blood vessels, and various tissues.

When the dental pulp is compromised, whether through damage, disease, or other factors, it can lead to excruciating toothaches and even put your teeth at risk of being lost. That's where an Endodontist comes in. These specialized professionals are skilled in addressing issues related to the dental pulp and roots, employing a range of effective endodontic therapies, including the well-known root canal therapy.

During a root canal treatment, the infected or compromised tooth pulp is removed, the canals are cleaned, disinfected, and then sealed with a biocompatible material. Not only does this alleviate your pain, but it also shields your tooth from further harm. Rest assured, once a tooth has fully developed, it can survive without its original pulp, thanks to the constant nourishment provided by the surrounding tissues. After a successful root canal treatment, you'll be able to use your tooth just like before, but this time, you'll be pain-free!

Furthermore, there is more to endodontics than root canals alone. Endodontists possess the expertise to perform surgical procedures aimed at saving your teeth. One such procedure is called an apicoectomy or root-end resection, which becomes necessary when inflammation or infection persists in the bony area surrounding the tooth despite conventional endodontic treatment.

At our practice, we are passionate about preserving your natural teeth and restoring your oral health. Dr. Tingey is skilled and dedicated to repairing damaged or diseased dental pulp and roots, employing advanced techniques to provide lasting relief. So, let us guide you on your journey through the realm of endodontics, where we strive to ensure your smile remains vibrant and pain-free.

Why Do I Need an Endodontist?

Unlike most family dentists, an Endodontist has extensive education and training in the treatment of teeth pulp and root issues. Because an endodontic practice focuses solely on endodontic treatments, they are usually much more efficient and precise than a general dentist. Additionally, most endodontic practices use state-of-the-art tools and technologies to perform endodontic procedures, to which a general dentist may not have access or training.


If you’re ready to preserve your healthy smile while relieving pain, give us a call today.

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