Endodontist – Specialized Root Canal Training
Our endodontists specialize in tooth disease, tooth infection, and tooth pain. They have knowledge and training that goes beyond dentistry, allowing them to diagnose and treat tooth pain. They can also perform root canals and other special procedures related to tooth decay.
What Does an Endodontist Do?
We treat issues that affect the inside and outside of your teeth. Your blood vessels, nerves and tissues are all affected when your teeth have bacteria spread overtime. If you have suffered from inflammation, infections from tooth decay, or traumatic injury to a tooth, you will want to consult our Endodontist.
The most common procedure we perform is a root canal. This is a dental procedure that involves removing the tooth’s nerve and pulp due to damage or infection. If you suffer from painful inflammation, having your teeth examined by our endodontist can provide you with needed treatment and save you from losing a tooth.
Endodontist Vs. Dentist
Endodontists are trained dentists, but have an additional 2 to 3 years more training that goes beyond what dental school has to offer. They have a Master of Science in Dentistry. Their main focus is to diagnose and treat tooth pain.
When Should I See an Endodontist?
There are a few common reasons you should consider seeing our endodontist. Some things you should watch out for include the following:
- Pain : Tooth pain resulting in sensitivity to heat and cold should be examined by an endodontist.
- Inflammation : A bacteria infection that shows itself through painful inflammation. Bacteria are able to enter the pulp of a tooth through small openings. This is usually the result of injury to a tooth or tooth decay.
- Tooth Trauma : If your teeth are injured or completely knocked out of their sockets, we can place the tooth back in its original place and then perform a root canal. If you lost your tooth and cannot retrieve it, we can replace it with an implant. You may be able to get a partial implant depending on how your tooth was damaged and what is left.
What to Expect at the Endodontist
If you see a dentist and then you are referred to an endodontist, you are most likely getting a root canal. There are certain things you can expect when you schedule an appointment with us for a root canal.
Before we start the root canal procedure, we administer a local anesthetic. This numbs a specific part of your mouth so you don’t feel any pain during the procedure. We take our time here and make sure you are fully numb before we begin. We then place a dental dam around your tooth and open the crown so we can remove the pulp inside. After the pulp is completely removed, we take the time to clean, reshape and enlarge the root canal. If there is an infection we can treat with a topical medication, we will use it at this time. To fill the root canal, a rubber substance is distributed, acting like a bandage for your tooth. A temporary crown is placed. When the anesthetic wears off, you can expect to feel some mild pain, sensitivity and discomfort. You can use pain relievers. You will come back one more time to have your permanent crown or filling fitted and placed on your tooth. The second appointment is much faster than the first and does not require anesthesia.
How Can Our Endodontist Help You?
Our endodontist can rid you of chronic tooth pain. If you are currently suffering from tooth pain that has not gone away on its own, you need to seek professional help. Our goal is to do as little work as necessary, because we know the more invasive a procedure is, the more you have to go through as far as recovery and pain. That is why the sooner you come in and see us the better. We want to do everything we can to preserve your natural teeth and maintain the structure of your jaw. Missing teeth can really change the look of your face. If you have suffered from lost teeth, your jaw is at risk for bone loss and further tooth loss.
Our endodontist provides safe and effective treatments. We perform root canal procedures everyday. They have been done for decades and are a great way to maintain your oral health. Root canals also prevent you from dealing with further infections. We help prevent tooth loss and safely remove teeth when necessary
If you have been suffering from oral problems, the team at Elite Dental is here for you. If you have concerns about your teeth or jaw, but don’t know where to start, call us to schedule a consultation. We provide a safe and clean environment with friendly and knowledgeable staff. The work we can do for you can really change your life. Not only will you have a healthy mouth, you will feel confident and be pain free every day.
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