Endodontics is the branch of dentistry that deals with diseases of the dental pulp and the supporting tooth structures. The pulp of the tooth is located in the middle of the tooth and contains the blood vessels and nerves. Here at Syrpes & Pangborn, our endodontists have advanced training, which makes them the best choice for your endodontic needs. Every endodontist is a dentist, but only around 3% of dentists are endodontists.
To better understand endodontic treatment, it’s useful to have knowledge of the anatomy of a tooth. Teeth have multiple layers. The outer layer of the tooth is called the enamel, which is supported by an inner layer known as dentin. Inside the dentin, at the center of the tooth, is soft tissue known as the pulp. The pulp is comprised of nerves, blood vessels, and connective tissue. The pulp is important during the development of the tooth, but it’s not required in order for the tooth to function properly.
Endodontic treatment is needed if the pulp of a tooth becomes infected or inflamed. The most common causes of inflammation or infection are untreated dental cavities, multiple dental procedures on the same tooth, or cracks or chips in the teeth. Additionally, trauma to a tooth can cause inflammation and discoloration of the tooth. This can lead to an abscess inside the pulp of the tooth.
An endodontist removes the damaged, inflamed, or infected pulp of the tooth, cleans and disinfects the entire canal system and then seals the tooth, preventing any further damage. Once treatment is completed, usually only in one appointment, you will return to your regular dentist for any additional reconstruction.
For more information about how our endodontists can help you, please contact Syrpes & Pangborn, endodontic specialists, located here in Centennial, Colorado.