What Is Endodontics?

Through the process of dental bone grafting, tissue can be added to areas in the jaw that are suffering from bone loss. There are several different kinds of bone grafting procedures, and depending on your situation, the bone may be taken from your own body or acquired from a tissue bank.

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Dr. Dominic Do


Dr. Dominic Do received his bachelor’s and master’s degree in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Maryland. He then received his dental degree from the University of Maryland School of Dentistry where he was a Health Services Collegiate for the United States Navy.

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Why See an Endodontist?

Endodontists are dentists who specialize in treating the inside of the tooth, including the pulp and other tissues that surround the root that have become infected or injured and cause the patient pain. This specialization requires additional years of training after completing dental school. 

Endodontists develop special skills which help them to save teeth that have been severely damaged by decay or injury. And saving your natural teeth comes with numerous benefits! 

Although a dental implant is a good solution for the problem of a missing tooth, maintaining your natural teeth is always the first priority. The root of your tooth helps maintain the health of your jawbone and surrounding tissues, and keeping teeth in place ensures that neighboring teeth won’t shift or work unevenly. 

What is a tooth’s pulp?

When you’re reading or talking about root canals, you’ll come across the term “pulp.” But what exactly is it? Pulp is the term used to describe all the tissues inside a tooth, including nerves and blood vessels.

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What does an Endodontist do?

Because Endodontists specialize in issues affecting the tooth’s pulp, they primarily treat tooth decay, infection, abscesses, and injuries affecting the core of the tooth. That’s why an Endodontist is a good choice when you need treatment in these areas, such as when a root canal is necessary. 

Endodontists also specialize in addressing tooth pain, as the source of this pain is often from the pulp or interior of the tooth.

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Root Canals

Root canal treatments are one of the main specialties of an Endodontist — that means they’re well versed in the procedure and what it takes to achieve good outcomes. It also means they perform far more root canal treatments than general dentists do — which builds even more expertise in the procedure. 

A root canal is primarily concerned with the tooth’s pulp — so it makes sense to see a provider that specializes in treating and repairing the pulp — which is exactly what a root canal does. 

Coming to Mid Peninsula Dental Specialists for your root canal means you’ll be seen by someone who specializes in the procedure. We also have specialists in aesthetic restoration (Prosthodontists) who can create and place a natural-looking crown on your tooth. 

Crowns are commonly required after a root canal procedure to ensure the treated tooth remains safely protected from further damage.

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Tooth Pain

Endodontists are well versed in dental pain management techniques. From diagnosing dental pain to making sure that you’re comfortable during your treatment, Endodontists have received special training. This can be especially important for patients who have had difficulty undergoing dental treatments in the past or for whom traditional numbing techniques haven’t been effective. 

Pain relief doesn’t end with diagnosis and treatment — Endodontists also work with patients to make sure the recovery period from procedures is comfortable and that pain relief is long lasting as the infection or damage heals.

When do you need an Endodontist?

Any dental pain or discomfort is a sign that you should be checked out for issues with your oral health. Some specific signs that you may want to visit an endodontist include:

Experiencing a toothache or other tooth pain.

Experiencing pain in your jaw.

Developing a new sensitivity to hot or cold foods.

Developing a new sensitivity to sweet or spicy foods.

Swelling or inflammation of the gums.

If you notice any of these issues, call our office so that our specialists can assess your condition and talk to you about treatment options.

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Dr Beckstead is amazing. I had partial bone loss around one of my teeth and three dentists think that I won't be able to keep it, but Dr Beckstead performed one surgery and saved my tooth. It has been over two years since the surgery and I have not had any more issues with that tooth.

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