Endodontics is the dental specialty that is commonly known for doing Root Canals. But endodontic therapy includes more than just root canals. Today’s endodontists help patients maintain overall health through the management of the vigor and fitness of the patient’s dental pulp, the central part of a tooth made up of living connective tissue and cells called odontoblasts.
Endodontists at the School of Dental Medicine treat patients with various vital pulp therapies to maintain as much of the patients own dental pulp as possible, and to regenerate new dental pulp in patients where the dental pulp in their immature permanent teeth has died.
These procedures allow the endodontist to save as much of the tooth as possible and permit the tooth to continue to grow and develop.
Endodontics plays a critical role in maintaining the function and esthetics (appearance) of a patient’s dental health, including the diagnosis of oral facial pain, treatment of dental trauma, management of dental infection, or conventional root canal treatment.
To ensure that we can offer our patients and students cutting-edge treatment and educational opportunities, the department is involved in numerous collaborative research projects. These clinical projects focus on developing new regenerative pulp treatments and therapies using dental pulp stem cells and novel biomaterials. We would like to thank the American Association of Endodontists Foundation for their continued support of our research efforts.
To learn more about endodontics, please visit The American Association of Endodontists website.