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Endodontics is the dental specialty concerned with treating the dental pulp. It is regarded as one of the most important fields of dentistry due to patient’s severe pain associated with dental root canal damages. Endodontics have evolved immensely in the past decade and its functions have tremendously improved.


Endodontists perform a variety of procedures including the following:

  1. Endodontic Therapy, possibly the most known dental procedure and treatment type, also commonly known as "root canal treatment”.

  2. Endodontic retreatment such as treating cracked teeth and treating dental trauma.


Endontic therapy also known as root canal treatment is the series of treatment for infected and damaged tooth pulp which yields in the removal of the infection and protection of the root canal from any further infection infestation.  Since this treatment deals directly with the removal of nerves of the tooth, pain is regarded as the most apparent expression of this treatment. Patient typically endure lots of pain before realizing that root canal treatment is required.

Causes of root canal damage vary however and in general the following are considered direct reasons for root canal damage. Deep decay, repeated dental procedures on the same tooth, crack or chip in the tooth, trauma of injury to the face which may impact the position of the imbedded root, genetics which may affect the natural thickness of the tooth enamel layer hence dis advantaging some patients with thinner less protective layers of defense against tooth decay, excessive exposure to hot and cold food and drink beverages  (off course there are many more reasons however the above represents the general and most common reasons) 


Once your endodontic checks your case and diagnosis you with root canal damage, a treatment will be required to remove the infection / inflammation.  The treatment may take several sessions however in general there are two sessions required to complete your treatment.  The primary session which is concerned with removal of the pulp / infection and the secondary session (note there could be more sessions depending on the case severity) which includes prep work for temporary tooth cavity closure. Finally, and based on case to case the most common practice, after the passing of 3-6 months, your dentist will recommend crown work.


It should be noted that Merhi Dental and Orthodontic Center offers advanced and updated endodontic services however we can’t advise you to get this treatment unless you have been checked by one of our dentists. Only your attending dentist can diagnose your case thus he or she can prescribe the best treatment plan for you. 


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