What Is an Endodontist?
About 3% of all dentists are endodontists. Endodontists are dental specialists who have had additional years of training beyond dental school. The training involves accurately diagnosing the root cause of tooth pain, performing root canal therapy and other procedures relating to the inner chamber of the tooth. In many cases, the only way to save a diseased tooth is to perform an endodontic treatment on it.
At Carolina Mountain Endodontics, we are proud to have specialized in the field of endodontics.
Let’s take a look at what makes endodontics different from a general dentist.
Endodontists focus only on endodontic treatments which involve studying and treating the diseases of the dental pulp. They typically complete about an average of 25 root canal treatments every week, while general dentists typically only perform two.
On the other hand, endodontists do not perform preventive dental treatments like professional dental cleaning and dental fillings. They dedicate their time to finding the cause of dental and facial pain that is difficult to diagnose.
Experts in Pain Management
Endodontists use specialized training to make sure their patients remain comfortable, pain-free, and anxiety-free during surgeries. They have a high level of expertise in administering anesthesia and sedatives, especially in patients who have had difficulty staying numb during procedures.
In addition to ensuring patients remain comfortable during the treatment, endodontists are also responsible for providing long-term pain relief through root canal procedures.
Use of Advanced Technologies
Endodontists are trained in using materials and tools that are designed to make endodontic treatment successful. They are experts in using digital radiographs and 3D imaging that allow them to see inside the tiny space of the tooth root chamber for infections. They also use dental operating microscopes to see inside the root canal and treat them thoroughly.
What Procedures Do Endodontists Handle?
Endodontists are also known as root canal dentists since they perform root canal treatments frequently as well as treat traumatic dental injuries. Since they perform around 25 root canal treatments every week, treatments by an endodontist will ensure the best outcome for you and you have better chances of healing faster.
Some of the dental surgeries that endodontists perform include:
|Endodontic or Root Canal Treatment: Removes infection and decayed dental pulp from the tooth chamber and seals it to save the tooth.
|Endodontic Retreatment: Removes or replaces material used during a prior root canal surgery that was not successful.
|Emergency Dental Surgeries: Involves treatment of complex dental injuries or severe tooth infections.
|Apicoectomy: The removal of the tip of a tooth root that has been infected.
When Should You See an Endodontist?
Although not many people enjoy getting work done on their teeth, it is important that you get tooth pain treated as soon as possible. If your tooth is severely decayed, you have pus leaking from inside your tooth or gum, you have a cracked tooth, or severe tooth pain for no apparent reason, it is important that you see an endodontist who is the best person to save your tooth.
If you have any such concerns, schedule an appointment at Carolina Mountain Endodontics by calling (828) 627-1999. We can give you a correct diagnosis and offer you the best treatment options.