“Endo-” means inside and “-dont” refers to tooth. This means that “endodontic” involves the nerve inside a tooth. As such, an endodontist is someone who specializes in treating the inside of teeth.
Endodontic treatment, or therapy, involves treatment inside the tooth, rather than the outside. Most commonly, it involves a root canal.
What Happens During a Root Canal?
A root canal is when your dentist or endodontist opens up a tooth to remove the nerve. This relieves pressure from inflammation and infection. After cleaning out the debris, bacteria, and dead tissue, your dentist sterilizes the inside of the tooth and seals it off.
After a root canal, your tooth will need a dental crown. From that point onwards, you shouldn’t feel any more pain.
Do You Need a Root Canal?
You may need endodontic treatment if your tooth has nerve damage or is in danger of infection.
An infected dental nerve or one exposed by a cracked tooth can be very painful. You may need a root canal if your tooth is causing severe pain or sensitivity. Discoloration can also be a sign that the nerve is dying.
However, it is possible to need endodontic treatment even when you don’t feel any discomfort. Your dentist can detect problems before they start to bother you and might recommend a root canal. For example, teeth with very old fillings are often prone to developing leaks or new decay around them.
In rare occasions, a tooth doesn’t respond to the first root canal and needs retreatment.
Ask your dentist about the possibility of endodontic treatment if you have a tooth that’s cracked, painful, or starting to darken.
Posted on behalf of:
West Hill Family Dental
132 New Britain Avenue
Rocky Hill, CT 06067
If you recently had a severe accident to your mouth or jaw, your dentist may have referred you to an endodontist. You may also have heard that a friend or neighbor was seeing an endodontist for a root canal, and wondered what an endodontist and endodontics were.
Endodontics is a specialty field in dentistry that focuses on saving a tooth. An endodontist is a dentist who completes additional education (usually about two years) and training that will allow him to complete specialized surgeries to help repair and treat the soft pulp tissue inside a tooth. Most endodontists perform surgeries such as complex root canals, and restoration of teeth after severe accidents and trauma.
Root canals are surgical procedures that will remove the diseased portion of the inside of the tooth, and replace it with a filling of some sort. Sometimes a cap or crown is placed on the tooth after. Doing this is better than extracting the tooth as your natural smile and bone strength stays in place.
Traumatic issues, such as accidents or falls, may result in the loss of teeth. Endodontists also work with these cases to attempt to restore and replace the natural tooth in the original socket. Replacing the natural tooth may require a bone graft or rod, but is a better option than complete removal in many cases.
If you have been referred to an endodontist, time is of the essence. You should make the appointment as soon as possible, and not delay or avoid the procedures or appointments recommended. The combination of advanced skills and a timely response is what will help save the teeth from further damage, and help retain your natural smile in the years to come.
Posted on the behalf of Windy Hill Dental Associates
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