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Edentulous - Toothless. (RCP)

Enamel - Hard calcified tissue covering the dentin of the tooth crown. (RCP)

EndoCal ®10 - EndoCal®10 Heavy calcium oxide is effective in the treatment of endodontic pathology, such as the most stubborn periapical infections. EndoCal ®10 ensures specific internal permanent asepsis. It is composed of a powder of heavy calcium oxide mixed with zinc oxide and a solution of ethylene glycol in purified water (ADBQ)

Endodontic - Pertaining to the inside structures of the tooth, including the dental pulp and tooth root, and the periapical tissue surrounding the root (ADBQ)


  • This term is derived from the two Greek words "endo" (inside) and "odons" (tooth). As the definitions of these words suggest, "endodontics" is that field of dentistry that attends to those problems associated with the inner aspects of a tooth. More specifically, "endodontics" is that branch of dentistry that is concerned with the diagnosis and treatment of disease processes that involve a tooth's pulpal tissue ("nerve tissue"), as well as those tissues that surround the root of a tooth (these tissues are often affected by those disease processes associated with a tooth's pulp). (AT)
  • The branch of dentistry concerned with the morphology, physiology and pathology of the human dental pulp and periradicular tissues. Its study and practice encompass the basic and clinical sciences including the biology of the normal pulp and the etiology, diagnosis, prevention and treatment of diseases and injuries of the pulp and associated periradicular conditions. The scope of endodontics includes, but is not limited to, the differential diagnosis and treatment of oral pains of pulpal and/or periapical origin; vital pulp therapy such as pulp capping and pulpotomy; nonsurgical treatment of root canal systems with or without periradicular pathosis of pulpal origin, and the obturation of these root canal systems; selective surgical removal of pathological tissues resulting from pulpal pathosis; intentional replantation and replantation of avulsed teeth; surgical removal of tooth structure such as in root-end resection, bicuspidization, hemisection and root resection; root-end filling endodontic implants; bleaching of discolored dentin and enamel (teeth); retreatment of teeth previously treated endodontically; and treatment procedures related to coronal restorations by means of post and/or cores involving the root canal space. (AAE)
Endodontic Therapy - This is an equivalent term for root canal treatment. The terms "endodontic therapy," "endodontic treatment," "root canal treatment," and "root canal therapy" can all be considered to be equivalent terms.(AT)


  • A type of dentist who is a root canal treatment specialist. To receive this designation, after the completion of dental school (four years) the dentist must continue on with their studies for an additional two years of specialty education in the field of endodontics. An endodontist will limit their practice to that of only diagnosing the need for and providing root canal treatment. This means that while an endodontist may perform your tooth's root canal therapy, your general dentist (typically) will be the person who completes the treatment by placing the final restoration (such as a dental crown).(AT)
  • A dentist with two or more years of advanced training in the scope of endodontics who has received a certificate in endodontics from an advanced education program accredited by the ADA Commission on Dental Accreditation and who limits his or her practice to endodontics. (Dentists who limited their practice to endodontics prior to recognition of the specialty in 1963 are also recognized as endodontists.) The endodontic specialist is responsible for the advancement of endodontic knowledge through research, the transmission of information concerning the most recent advances in biologically acceptable procedures and materials, and the education of the public as to the importance of endodontics in keeping the dentition in a physiologically functional state for the maintenance of oral and systemic health.(AAE)
    • Board-certified endodontist: As defined by the American Board of Endodontics, an endodontist who has passed the certifying examination administered by the American Board of Endodontics.(AAE)
    • Board-eligible endodontist: As defined by the American Board of Endodontics, an endodontist whose application for examination for certification is current and who has been accepted for examination by the American Board of Endodontics. (AAE)
    • Educationally qualified endodontist—As defined by the American Board of Endodontics, an endodontist who successfully completed an advanced educational program accredited by the ADA and is eligible to apply for examination by the American Board of Endodontics.(AAE)

EOB: Identifies the benefits (the amount your insurance carrier is willing to pay) and charges covered and not covered by your plan. (AAE)

Erosion - Wearing down of the tooth by acids. (RCP)

Eruption - When a tooth emerges through the gums. (RCP)

Used to cement the gutta percha cones into enlarged canals. Eugenol has an acid pH whereas living tissues that surround root canals have an alkaline Ph (ADBQ)

Formed by or characterized by the liberation of heat. Applies to processes or reactions; for example, the formation of carbon dioxide from carbon and oxygen, or the reaction between metallic sodium and water to form sodium hydroxide (ADBQ)

The surgical removal of a tooth from its socket in the bone (ADBQ)


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