Endodontics – For a Healthy Smile from the Inside Out
Endodontics is one of the nine dental specialties recognized by the American Dental Association (ADA). Each of these nine specializations requires dentists to complete one or more years of advanced training in addition to their doctoral degree in dentistry. Endodontics is the specialty field that treats oral health concerns that affect the inside of your tooth typically the very innermost layer of the tooth called the pulp. At the Mt. Pleasant dental office of Virginia L. Gregory, DMD, we are proud to offer advanced endodontic care. We have a skilled endodontic associate, Anya Kent, DDS, who provides care for our patients in need of endodontic treatments. Please don’t hesitate to call our team to learn more about endodontics or schedule an appointment with Dr. Kent.
What is Endodontics?
The definition of endodontics is actually found within the word itself. Endo means inside and odont means tooth. Thus, endodontics is the dental specialty that focuses on caring for the inside of the tooth. The field of endodontics is recognized by the ADA as a dental specialization. Areas that do not have specialty recognition, like cosmetics, mean that dentists do not necessarily need to receive advanced training in order to perform these procedures. While general dentists can perform some endodontic procedures, an ADA recognized endodontist will have completed one or more years of advanced training to ensure a thorough understanding of endodontics and the treatments specific to the field.
What Treatments are Included in Endodontics?
Most patients believe that endodontics is just root canals. While this is the most common procedure handled by dentists in this field, there are many other services that can also be provided by an endodontist. The most common endodontic treatments include:
- Root canal – this procedure gets a bad reputation, but it can actually save a tooth that would otherwise be extracted. When tooth decay or damage reaches the inside of the tooth where the nerve system is housed, the result is serious pain. Root canals allow us to remove this nerve and pulp tissue, replace them with biocompatible materials, and reseal the tooth, leaving you with a flawless, healthy smile.
- Pulpotomy – for kids who experience severe decay or damage that reaches the inside of a primary tooth, we may recommend a pulpotomy. This procedure allows us to remove the pulp from baby teeth, so the tooth can remain in position to allow the adult tooth below to fully develop and erupt in the ideal position.
- Enododontic retreatment – if a root canal fails, we may still be able to save the tooth from extraction. Endodontic retreatment is a surgical procedure, where we access the root structure of teeth. Then, we remove the tip of one or more tooth roots and extract the damaged pulp and nerve tissue.
Meet Our Endodontist – Dr. Kent
Dr. Kent has more than a decade of endodontic experience, and she uses all the latest technologies to allow her to comfortably, safely, and effectively treat her patients. Dr. Kent joined our team in 2017 after relocating from Westchester, NY where she was voted “Top Dentist” for five consecutive years from 2012 to 2016. In addition to offering skilled, gentle endodontic care, Dr. Kent also uses a state-of-the-art dental microscope. This allows her to clearly see the smallest crevices and grooves in your tooth, so you know every endodontic procedure is thorough effective, and safe.