Patients will often use the word “dentist” as an umbrella term to describe all professionals who specialize in oral health. But it turns out that there are many subdivisions of dentistry, each offering specialist services.
Endodontists are a good example. While they have full dental training, they’ve also completed an extra couple of years studying root canal treatment and how to diagnose pain as it relates to the interior of the tooth.
In fact, that’s where their name comes from. “Endo” is the Greek word for “inside.” So an endodontist is a professional who treats the interiors of teeth, such as the pulp and roots. Because of this, people refer to them as “heroes of gum pain” for their ability to resolve some of the trickiest oral pain issues.
What Can Endodontists Help With?
An endodontist can help with a wide variety of conditions. These include:
- Repairing injured roots
- Diagnosing the source of oral pain
- Treating traumatic injuries to the mouth
- Performing root canals – a treatment that involves replacing infected tooth pulp with a synthetic alternative
- Saving natural teeth and avoiding extractions
- Solving gingivitis and periodontal disease
Because endodontists complete regular dental training school, they’re also general dentists, which means that you can see them for most other oral health conditions besides the problems listed above. Many will provide fillings, extractions, and even orthodontic treatments if you ask. But their specialty is in dealing with issues that affect the teeth’s interiors.
What Are The Benefits Of Seeing An Endodontist?
What are some of the benefits of visiting an endodontist specifically for root canals, as opposed to a general dentist?
- Specialized skills: Endodontists must complete an additional two years of training in root canals and associated treatments, making them among the best professionals to approach for this kind of treatment.
- Specialized techniques: Endodontists concentrate their efforts on performing specific treatments on the insides of teeth. Over time, they perfect their technique, which helps keep you more comfortable and allows them to complete procedures more rapidly.
- Confidence-inspiring approach: Many endodontists receive special training to put patients at ease, helping you relax a little before undergoing surgery.
When Should You See An Endodontist?
When tooth pain hits, most patients go and see a general dentist. They can provide the usual array of treatments and medications to eliminate the pain and deal with the source of the problem.
However, if you have challenging oral health issues then you might want to visit the endodontist.
If You Have Toothache
Many patients worry about root canal treatment. They may have heard some stories that it is uncomfortable and want to avoid it if they can. In these situations, seeing the endodontist can make all the difference.
Remember, endodontists have special training to put you at ease. They understand precisely what you’re going through. And they can make getting a root canal a much more pleasant experience.
Don’t underestimate their experience. The fact that endodontists perform specific procedures repeatedly means that they can complete them swiftly and professionally.
If You’ve Injured Your Mouth
If you’ve been involved in an accident and damaged your teeth, you should visit an endodontist, especially if you have swelling around your teeth and gums. There may be damage that needs immediate repair.
Recall that endodontists are specialists in rescuing teeth. So if your teeth are loose or broken, schedule an appointment with us today and ensure that you get the emergency treatment you need.
If Your Teeth Are Particularly Sensitive To Hot And Cold
Sensitivity to hot and cold isn’t usually a cause for concern. It often results from general wear and tear of your enamel or when your gums recede with aging.
However, if you notice that your teeth are highly sensitive for several days in a row to both hot and cold, it could indicate a cavity or infected tooth pulp – another sign you need to schedule an appointment with the endodontist.
What Procedures Do Endodontists Offer?
The procedures that endodontists offer are all designed to save your natural teeth whenever it is possible to do so.
Perhaps the most common procedure endodontists offer is root canal therapy. The average professional in the field carries out around five per day or one hundred per month.
Teeth aren’t solid all the way through. In their cores is the “pulp” — a collection of soft tissue, including blood vessels and nerve endings. Sometimes, bacteria can come up through the root or enter via cavities in the crown and infect the pulp. And when this happens, it can put the entire tooth at risk of decay.
Root canal therapy is a method of rescuing the tooth, so you don’t require an expensive implant or dental bridge. A synthetic material replaces the natural pulp and stops bacterial decay in its tracks.
Endodontists also perform several endodontic surgeries for traumatic tooth injury patients. These could involve repairing chipped or cracked teeth or even dividing a tooth to make it easier to remove from the mouth.
If you have inflamed or infected tissue below the gumline, endodontists may perform an apicoectomy. This procedure involves opening up the gum tissue near the root to reveal the underlying bone and removing the inflated materials.
Patients with severe infection may require a procedure called intentional replantation. Here, we extract the tooth, treat it while outside of the mouth, and then replace it in its socket.
No matter your problem, we will consult with you about the best procedure to save your teeth. This way, you can make an informed decision about the best treatment for you.
Speak with an Endodontist
Are you affected by any of the conditions discussed in this article? If so, get in touch with Godley Station Dental today. We are ready to help you with a range of treatments to save your natural teeth.