Artist rendering of a medieval dentist working on patientThe field of endodontics has a primary focus on the pulp inside teeth. It derives its name from two Greek words meaning “inside” and “tooth.” Infections can develop within this pulp, necessitating a root canal. While great advancements have been made in this field in recent decades, the treatment is actually much older than most people realize.


Early Types of Endodontic Treatments


Some forms of the treatment existed in the 1600s. However, the most recent, successful form occurred in the early 1800s. Endodontists used tools made from a watch spring to reach the dental pulp. It created a channel to the interior of the tooth, and the endodontist would then clean and shape the remaining channel. The area would be disinfected and cleaned. By 1847, endodontists were filling the area inside the tooth with gutta percha, which is a tough, thermoplastic substance to fill in the empty space. Gutta percha is still used in modern dentistry today.


More Comfortable Procedures


By the early 1900s, anesthesia and X-rays were more commonly used in the medical field. This allowed patients to be far more comfortable when getting their tooth pulp removed. In 1943, the American Association of Endodontists was founded to oversee the governance of the field of endodontics.


The Treatment Today


Thanks to such advancements, root canals are a fairly simple procedure these days. Patients experience little to no discomfort during the procedure, and the side effects afterward are minimal. Over 15 million root canals occur annually, and it can help save teeth, prevent infections and restore the overall functionality of the tooth.


Our Endodontists Are Here To Help You


Drs. Justin Kolnick, Kara Diamond, Keith Hope, and Spencer Svetcov have been performing root canals for decades now. They have plenty of experience helping patients as the premier endontists in Westchester County, NY with offices in White Plains and Mt. Kisco. Contact our offices as soon as you experience tooth pain, so we can determine what treatment will work best for you.