Frequently Asked Questions
Question: What is endodontic treatment?
“Endo” is the Greek word for “inside” and “odont” is Greek for “tooth.” Endodontic treatment (involves) the inside of the tooth. To understand endodontic treatment, it helps to know something about the anatomy of the tooth. Inside the tooth, under the white enamel and a hard layer called the dentin, is a soft tissue called the pulp. The pulp contains blood vessels, nerves and connective tissue, and creates the surrounding hard tissues of the tooth during development.
The pulp extends from the crown of the tooth to the tip of the roots where it connects to the tissues surrounding the root. The pulp is important during a tooth’s growth and development. However, once a tooth is fully mature it can survive without the pulp, because the tooth continues to be nourished by the tissues surrounding it.
Question: Why would I need an endodontic procedure?
Endodontic treatment is necessary when the pulp becomes inflamed or infected. If pulp inflammation or infection is left untreated and it can cause pain. We remove the inflamed or infected pulp, carefully clean and shape the inside of the tooth. Afterwards, you will return to your dentist, who will place a crown or other restoration on the tooth to protect and restore it to full function.
Question: Will I feel pain during or after the procedure?
Many of our procedures are performed to relieve the pain of toothaches caused by pulp inflammation or infection. With our modern techniques and anesthetics, most patients report they are comfortable during the procedure.
Question: How much will the procedure cost?
The cost varies depending on how severe the problem is and which tooth is affected. Molars are more difficult to treat and usually cost more. Generally, endodontic treatment and restoration of the natural tooth are less expensive than the alternative of having the tooth extracted and replacing with an implant or bridge.