Did you know there is a specialized branch of dentistry known as endodontics that deals specifically with the pulp of a tooth? The pulp of the tooth is the life force of the tooth that contains the connective tissues, nerve endings, and blood vessels that keep the tooth functioning correctly. If the pulp is ever damaged, a tooth extraction is often needed. However, endodontics can provide surgical procedures to save teeth by removing damaged pulps.
If you are in need of a highly advanced endodontic treatment such as a root canal or orthodontic surgery, your endodontist will have the training necessary to perform it. Endodontists receive an additional two to three years of medical training beyond dental school to allow them to complete these complex tasks. Through the use of endodontic treatments, millions of teeth each year are saved. In fact, it may be possible to allow a damaged to continue to function properly once more even after a pulp has been removed with a treatment such as a root canal. In some situations, root canal therapy can allow a tooth to function properly for a lifetime of support.
If you would like to have a comprehensive exam for endodontic therapies from our team at Henrickson Dental, simply schedule an appointment with Dr. Mike Henrickson and the rest of our team by calling 651-777-8900. Our dentist office is conveniently located in Maplewood, Minnesota.