Endodontist (Root Canal Specialist)

As an Endodontist, Dr. Amit Batheja performs routine as well as complex endodontic treatment, including root canals that need to be redone (retreatment) and endodontic microsurgery. His specialty in the field focuses on pain-free root canals with an emphasis in decreasing patient anxiety during treatment.

Endodontics, from the Greek endo (inside) and odons (tooth), is one of the nine specialties of dentistry recognized by the American Dental Association, and deals with the tooth pulp and the tissues surrounding the root of a tooth. If the pulp (containing nerves, arterioles and venules as well as lymphatic tissue and fibrous tissue) has become diseased or injured, endodontic treatment is required to save the tooth.

A root canal is the space within the root of a tooth. It is part of a naturally occurring space within a tooth that consists of the pulp chamber (within the coronal part of the tooth), the main canal(s), and more intricate anatomical branches that may connect the root canals to each other or to the surface of the root. The smaller branches are most frequently found near the root end (apex) but may be encountered anywhere along the root length. There may be one or two main canals within each root. Some teeth have more variable internal anatomy than others. This space is filled with a highly vascularized, loose connective tissue, the dental pulp. The dental pulp is the tissue which forms the dentin portion of the tooth. The formation of secondary teeth (adult teeth) is completed by 1-2 years after eruption into the mouth. Once the tooth has reached its final size and shape, the dental pulp's original function ceases for all practical purposes. It takes on a secondary role as a sensory organ.

This is one of Dr Batheja's treatments completed at our office on July 1, 2013-  Retreatment#19 in a 14 year old child, the child presented with a jaw swelling and this treatment was completed in one visit with a successful result. The patient went back to receive his final restoration and retains the function of this important tooth maintained with a timely endodontic interventional treatment.

Below: 1 preoperative and 2 post operative x rays ( multiple angulations to illustrate complexity of treatment)