Endodontics is the branch of dentistry concerning dental pulp and tissues surrounding the roots of a tooth. “Endo” is the Greek word for “inside” and “odont” is Greek for “tooth.” Endodontic treatment, or root canal treatment, treats the soft pulp tissue inside the tooth.
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Surgical endodontics is the other with which endodontists are trained to treat.
In a surgical endodontic case, the infection has spread beyond the confines of the root canal system. It has now spread to the bone and the soft tissue around the tooth. This patient presents with a severe swelling and is in quite a bit of distress.
We make sure the patient is completely anesthetized in every way, the root area especially. Then, an incision is made in the gum tissue, this tissue is reflected, and the necrotic or dead tissue in the bone and the end of the root itself is removed, cleaned, and filled from the bottom up, hence the term as is used retrofill.
if you think that surgical endodontics may be necessary in your case, then by all means consult your general dentist or endodontist nearest you.
You would know you need root canal therapy if you have any of the following symptoms. For example, if you have a very severe response to anything cold, like a cold drink, some ice. If you have a very severe response to anything hot, like a cup of coffee, for example. Or, if you cannot bite on the tooth, if you cannot touch the tooth.
Or, if you have what we call a spontaneous pain. That is simply when you're going about your routine daily chores, you have a sudden severe episode of pain in a tooth. You know at that point that root canal therapy is necessary, so therefore you can either consult your general dentist or present directly to an endodontist.