Abbas Raissi, DDS, Inc.
Practice Limited to Endodontics
What Is An Endodontist?
1. Diagnose and treat diseases of the dental pulp and supporting structures.
2. Diagnose facial pain and related problems.
Your general dentist sometimes refers patients for consultation when the diagnosis is complicated or when treatment is more challenging than normal. Aside from providing endodontic treatment, Dr. Raissi's role is also that of an educator. It is important that patients understand why they require endodontic treatment, what endodontic treatment involves and what they can do to ensure the best possible outcome. Dr. Raissi believes that a properly informed patient has the best chance of achieving the optimal result.
What Is Endodontics?
Although General Dentists can perform Endodontic treatment, patients are often referred to an Endodontist when the case is complicated to diagnose or more difficult to treat than usual.
In order to understand Endodontic treatment, it helps to know about the anatomy of a tooth. Teeth have several layers. The outside layer of the tooth is composed of a hard layer called Enamel. Enamel is supported by an inner layer called Dentin, which has at its center a soft tissue known as the Pulp.
The pulp contains blood vessels, nerves, and connective tissue that are responsible for forming the surrounding Dentin and Enamel during tooth development. The pulp receives its nourishment supply from vessels which enter the end of the root. Although the pulp is important during development of the tooth, it is not necessary for function of the tooth. The tooth continues to be nourished by the tissues surrounding it even after the pulp is removed. Endodontic treatment is a way to save diseased teeth by removal of the pulp (the diseased part of the tooth).