Frequently Asked Questions
Your dentist has decided that your tooth needs special care and has referred you to an endodontist. As an endodontist, Dr. Elena has advanced training to save teeth with deep decay or cracks, abscessed teeth, and even teeth that have been traumatized. He can also diagnose oral and facial pain and perform surgical procedures when necessary. He is specialized in treating complicated cases such as teeth with narrow or blocked canals or unusual anatomy. Dr. Elena uses advanced technology, including the operating microscope, ultrasonics and digital imaging to help perform these special services. By referring you to a specialist, your dentist is showing a personal concern for the quality of your dental care.
What is Endodontics
Endodontics is a branch of dentistry recognized by the American Dental Association involving treatment of the pulp (root canal) and surrounding tissues of the tooth. When you look at your tooth in the mirror, what you see is the crown. The rest of the tooth, the portion hidden beneath the gum line, is called the root. Though the outer portion of the root is a hard tissue called dentin, the inside channel or "root canal" contains a pulp of soft tissue, blood vessels and nerves. Bacteria that are introduced into the pulp as a result of tooth decay, periodontal disease, tooth fracture or other problems, can severely damage the pulp. When that happens, an endodontic specialist removes the diseased pulp to save the tooth and prevent further infection and inflammation. After successful endodontic treatment, the tooth continues to perform normally.