Endodontics is the branch of dentistry that is connected with the morphology, physiology and pathology of the human dental pulp and periradicular tissues.  Its study and practice encompass the clinical  sciences including biology of the normal pulp, etiology, diagnosis, prevention and treatment of disease and injuries of the pulp and associated periradicular tissues.

Scope of Practice

The scope of practice for endodontics is defined by the educational requirements for the training of a specialist in this discipline.  It includes but it not limited to:

  • Diagnosis and treatment of oral pain of pulpal and/or periradicular origin
  • Differential diagnosis of facial pain
  • Use of antibiotic, anti-inflammatory and analgesic drugs
  • Vital pulp therapies
  • Non-surgical root canal therapy
  • Selective surgical removal of pathological tissues resulting from pulpal pathosis
  • Treatment procedures related to coronal restoration by means of post and/or cores involving the root canal spaces
  • Repair of root defects
  • Intentional replantation
  • Surgical removal of tooth structure such as apicoectomy, tooth sectioning and root amputation
  • Treatment of dento-alveolar injuries
  • Bleaching of discolored dentin and enamel of teeth
  • Retreatment of teeth previously treated endodontically 
  • Placement of osseo-intergrated implants and guided tissue regeneration where treatment relates to concurrent endodontic treatment

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