Endodontics is a branch of dentistry recognized by the American Dental Association involving diagnosis and treatment of the pulp and surrounding tissues of the tooth. It is the study and treatment of dental pulp, otherwise known as the root canal, by endodontists.
Endodontists perform a variety of endodontic treatments, including root canal therapy, root canal retreatment, root canal surgery (Apicoectomy), treatment of cracked teeth, traumatic dental injuries, and more. Any condition affecting the root canal should be seen by an endodontist, a certified endodontics professional.
What is a Root Canal?
When you look at your tooth in the mirror, what you see is the crown. The rest of the tooth, the portion hidden beneath the gum line, is called the root. Though the outer portion of the root is a hard tissue called dentin, the inside channel, known as the root canal, contains a pulp of soft tissue, blood vessels, and nerves.
Bacteria that are introduced into the pulp as a result of tooth decay, trauma, periodontal disease, tooth fracture, or other problems, can severely damage the pulp. When that happens, an endodontic specialist removes the diseased pulp to save the tooth and prevent further inflammation and infection. After successful endodontic treatment, the tooth is healthy.
Gulf Coast Endodontics in Houston
It’s in our name: We specialize in endodontics! Gulf Coast Endodontics provides needed quality root canal therapy in Houston and other endodontic procedures.
Keep in mind that successful root canal therapy must be performed by certified individuals with state-of-the-art equipment. In the expert hands of trained endodontists, root canals are permanent and pain-free. We work with the latest and greatest in advanced technology for endodontics. For more information and to schedule an appointment, contact us today.