Endodontists are dental specialists that focus on the pulp (a.k.a. the nerve) and root of teeth. These specialists work to save your natural teeth and lessen dental pain associated with these areas of the mouth. You will likely be referred to an endodontist if your general dentist recommends a root canal.
Do I Need to Visit an Endodontist?
If you are experiencing persistent tooth pain, it’s probably time to make an endodontic appointment. Some more symptoms that suggest you may need treatment include:
- Pain while eating or applying pressure to your teeth
- Swollen or tender gums
- Sensitivity to hot or cold
- A small, pimple-like bump on the gums near a painful tooth
- Darkening or discoloration of a tooth
Root Canal Treatment
A root canal is a very common and routine procedure, so any anxiety you may feel is unnecessary. Endodontists go through additional schooling and certification to ensure they are equipped to handle root canals and other endodontic procedures.
The root canal process generally includes these steps:
- The dentist takes x-rays of the tooth to assess damage.
- Local anesthetic is administered to numb the area and prevent discomfort.
- The dentist will make an opening in the crown of the tooth.
- The decayed pulp is removed through the opening.
- Depending on the patient, the tooth will either be sealed or left open to drain.
More Endodontic Treatments
- Endodontic Retreatment: Although root canals are typically very successful (up to 90% success rate), there can be complications if the tooth fails to heal or pain persists. In these cases, your endodontist will reopen the tooth to assess what else needs to be done.
- Pulp Vitality Testing: This test is used to get an idea of the overall health of your teeth’s pulp and determine if a root canal is needed.
- Apicoectomy: Also referred to as a root end resection, this surgical procedure is a last resort to save a tooth that a root canal cannot successfully treat. Both the decayed tissue and tip of the root are removed, allowing you to keep your tooth.
Make an Appointment With an Endodontist Today
Flatirons Family Dental & Orthodontics is partnered with the experts at Colorado Endodontic Group to offer a complete range of endodontic services for our patients. Our dentists and specialists work together to create a treatment plan tailored to your specific needs. Sedation options are available.