Cure in the finger tips

Endodontists are dentists who specialize in maintaining teeth through endodontic therapy -- procedures, involving the soft inner tissue of the teeth, called the pulp. The word "endodontic" comes from "endo" meaning inside and "odont" meaning tooth. Like many medical terms, it's Greek. All dentists are trained in diagnosis and endodontic therapy, however, some teeth can be especially difficult to diagnose and treat. That’s why you may have been referred to an endodontic specialist. In addition to dental school, endodontists receive two or more years of advanced education in this kind of treatment. They study root canal techniques and procedures in greater depth, for diagnosis and treatment of more difficult cases. For this reason, many dentists choose to refer their patients to endodontists.

The Endodontist removes the inflamed or infected pulp, carefully cleans and shapes the canal system and then seals the prepared space. Many treatments are now performed in a single appointment ranging from 2 - 2.5 hours (depending on the number of canals) but degree of inflammation and infection will determine the number of visits. Antibiotic medication is placed between visits (usually 2 - 3 weeks) which may help in removal of difficult to instrument areas. Once treatment is completed, you may be instructed to return to your dentist for permanent reconstruction. The restoration of the tooth is an important part of treatment because it seals the cleaned canals from the oral environment, protects the tooth and restores it to function.
A different view of the procedure

Endodontists use amalgam to cover the root apex after doing a root canal from the gum side. An endodontic root canal is an unpleasant surgery to endure. They cut open your gums, and saw away the bottom of the tooth to get at the nerve and pulp of the tooth.

At the original writing of this article, I had one of these root apex caps in my jaw. Extraction of the entire tooth was the only remedy likely to be complete enough in removing the mercury amalgam. The endodontist had done a fine job with the root canal. He failed me miserably by closing his work with mercury amalgam.

In it's last days the root apex amalgam was driving me crazy with irritation in my chin bone. Upon examination of the extracted tooth, it became clear why. All the tooth contact points with the amalgam were heavily corroded. The only portion of the amalgam not black is the surface facing out to the gums.

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