Endodontics is the branch of dentistry which has as its study objective the tissues located inside the tooth (nerve or dental pulp) and the treatment of pathologies related to them.
Endodontic treatment, commonly known, even if incorrectly, with the term “devitalization”, is an outpatient dental intervention that has the main purpose of safeguarding the tooth, trying to avoid the use of extraction and implantology as much as possible.
Carrying out correct endodontic treatments, using cutting-edge instruments and materials (operating microscope, instruments in special alloys, innovative biomaterials, etc.), is of fundamental importance for the dental element to continue to perform a normal chewing function. This also prevents future complications, such as granulomas or acute abscesses.
The patient must therefore be aware that devitalization is far from being an ordinary and easy-to-perform medical solution, as is often perceived due to a widespread superficiality and too ‘approximate’ approach expressed by some practitioners.
This also generates misunderstandings about the costs of endodontic treatment in the patient. This is because it is often believed that endodontic treatment doesn’t cost much, especially compared to implantology which costs, sometimes even unjustifiably, a very high price.
In fact, in recent years there has been a strong and controversial increase in the replacement of teeth with implants. This is a clear sign of how a quality endodontic approach is unfortunately still not widespread.