Endodontic Treatment – Alhambra, CA

Posted October 23rd, 2011 by Dr. Chao and filed in Endodontics

What is endodontic treatment?
The word “endodontic” comes from two Greek words: Endo and odont.   Endo means “inside,” and “odont” is Greek for “tooth.”  Hence endodontic treatment are procedures that treat the inside of the tooth. What does the “inside” of a tooth consist of?  Inside the tooth is a soft tissue called the pulp. The pulp consists of blood vessels, nerves and connective tissue.  It is surrounded by a hard layer called dentin.  Overlying the dentin is the white enamel, which forms the crown of the tooth. The crown is supported by the root(s). The pulp fills the canals inside the roots of the tooth and emerges at the tips of the roots. There the pulp connects with the tissue surrounding the root.

Endodontics is the field of dentistry that deals with diagnosis and treatment of the dental pulp.

What are the symptoms or warning signs that endodontic treatment may be needed?
Symptoms or early warning signs include intermittent low grade pain; chronic sensitivity to cold and especially to hot; pain or tenderness to biting; food trapping in and around the tooth; discoloration of a front tooth, especially weeks or months after an accident; gum swelling or gum “pimple” that drains; swelling or tenderness in lymph nodes under the lower jaw; and facial swelling. Very often there may be no symptoms.

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