Root Canal Awareness Week
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This week we are celebrating with the American Association of Endodontists the tenth anniversary of Root Canal Awareness Week, March 27-April 2, 2016.
Root Canal Awareness week is a national effort to raise awareness of endodontists, so that patients and general dentists know to contact a specialist when root canal treatment is needed.
What is an Endodontist?
Endodontists are dentists who specialize in maintaining teeth through endodontic therapy — procedures, involving the soft inner tissue of the teeth, called the pulp. The word “endodontic” comes from “endo” meaning inside and “odont” meaning tooth. Like many medical terms, it’s Greek. All dentists are trained in diagnosis and endodontic therapy, however, some teeth can be especially difficult to diagnose and treat. That’s why you may have been referred to an endodontic specialist.
In addition to dental school, endodontists receive two or more years of advanced education in this kind of treatment. They study root canal techniques and procedures in greater depth, for diagnosis and treatment of more difficult cases. For this reason, many dentists choose to refer their patients to endodontists.
Root Canal Treatment Benefit
Root canal therapy refers to a treatment in which your dentist removes the bacteria infection that has entered your tooth’s pulp or nerve chamber.
Why would you need a root canal? There are several reasons why your tooth may become irritated and inflamed, such as: deep decay, big fillings, trauma to the tooth, a chipped tooth or even repeated dental work.
Root canals are not a very popular treatment, but they are necessary to save your tooth if the area inside the root becomes infected. Infection may occur because of severe decay, advanced periodontal disease, or a crack or chip in the tooth. In addition, trauma to a tooth may cause pulp damage even if the tooth has no visible chips or cracks. If pulp inflammation or infection is left untreated, it can cause pain or lead to an abscess.
If this infection is not completely cleared away with root canal treatment, the infection will continue to spread. You will continue to experience pain that will worsen as the infection progresses. At this point, the pain can be quite severe, and you have in order two options to relieve the pain – root canal treatment or extraction.
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