Endodontic FAQ

What is endodontics?

Endodontics is a branch of dentistry involving treatment of the root canal space and surrounding tissues of the tooth. The root of a tooth anchors it into the surrounding bone.  Inside each root are small channels or root canal spaces containing  small blood vessels and nerves. These root canal spaces can become damaged due to tooth decay, deep fillings, tooth fractures, periodontal disease and trauma. If damage occurs, an endodontic specialist can remove the diseased tissue in the canal space to save the tooth and prevent further infection and inflammation. After successful endodontic treatment, the tooth continues to perform normally.

I’m worried about x-rays. Should I be?

While x-rays and CAT scans are routinely used during your endodontic consultation or treatment, these new computerized forms of radiography use significantly less radiation compared to older systems. Digital radiographs require 90 percent less radiation compared to conventional film based dental x-rays. These digital images can also be enhanced and magnified increasing the quality of treatment. 

What is a CBCT?

Our newest addition to the office is Computerized ConeBeam Tomography or CBCT scan.    Our advanced CAT scan machine allows for imaging in three dimensions.  The ability to visualize a tooth from every direction aids in all phases of therapy.  From diagnosis to treatment, the CBCT scanner has been instrumental to elevating our standard of care.


What about infection control?

We adhere to the most rigorous standards of infection control advocated by OSHA, WISHA, the Centers for Disease Control and the American Dental Association. We utilize hospital grade autoclave sterilization and barrier techniques to eliminate any risk of infection.

What other new technologies are being used?

In addition to dental CAT scans and digital x-rays our office utilizes Carl Zeiss operating microscopes during all phases of treatment. Magnification and fiber optic Xenon illumination are critical and allow our doctors to see the tiny details inside your tooth. A digital SLR camera attached to the operating microscope is used to record images inside your tooth for correspondence with your dentist.