The specialty our endodontist practices at Linda Ricks, DDS, MS, PC has a long history of relieving tooth pain while saving our patients’ precious natural teeth. We are a small, highly trained group of dedicated professionals comprising only three percent of all dentists in the United States. Beyond the years of extra training and residency it takes to become an endodontist, we are continually upgrading and improving our knowledge and our methods as part of a commitment to providing care and service to our patients.
Because our practice often involves providing root canal treatment as the most effective way to achieve our objectives, we thought we’d devote this space to exploring the “roots” of our specialty.
It’s perhaps only fitting that a specialty with such a long history derives its name from the Greek language, with “endo” meaning “within” and “odont” meaning “tooth.” You have to go back as far as 200 B.C. to find the first sign of a tooth being treated from within when a human skull was discovered with an embedded wire, according to the American Association of Endodontists.
Fast-forward to the early 1700s, when Pierre Fauchard, known as the father of modern dentistry, wrote of root canals and pain relief. A century later, inventor Edward Maynard devised the first endodontic instrument from a modified watch spring. Soon afterward came the discovery of gutta-percha, a plastic-like substance derived from a tree that we use to fill the tooth’s root canals after they have been cleaned and disinfected.
The ensuing years have led to advancements that allow us to provide long-lasting results in less time and with less discomfort than ever. We’ve disproved outdated notions that our treatments are painful or cause any type of illness or disease.
If you are experiencing persistent pain, sensitivity to heat or cold foods or beverages, discoloration, or swollen gums, our endodontist Linda Ricks, DDS, MS, PC can alleviate your discomfort and save that precious natural tooth! Please contact our office today to schedule an appointment.
By Linda Ricks, DDS, MS, PC
July 25, 2023