Most people are familiar with dentists and the role they play when it comes to their oral health. But what do you know about endodontists and the role they play in your dental health? Our endodontic team is highly skilled and not only diagnoses the precise cause of tooth pain but treats it as well. We routinely perform root canals, for example, that can save a badly damaged tooth.
As endodontists, we receive additional training after completing dental school that takes up to three years longer than your typical dentist! We train to be precise and have excellent hand-eye coordination that is needed to perform the work we do. It is vital because it qualifies us to successfully complete complex treatments with the best possible outcome for our patients. We also use the latest, cutting-edge technology to treat your tooth pain with root canal treatment that saves your natural tooth from extraction and replacement.
At its root, endodontics begins with the tooth pulp. The pulp houses your tooth nerves, blood vessels and connective tissue in the heart of the tooth below the outer dentin and enamel layers. For a child, the tooth pulp helps developing chompers develop as they mature. If your child suffers from poor dental health (teeth and gums), they can incur tooth decay or form pulpitis that can result from an inflamed or infected tooth pulp. It can leave your child feeling severe tooth pain that requires urgent care to treat. Getting the right care when problems arise can make all the difference in your child’s smile and quality of life.
- Placing dental implants
- Endodontic retreatment
- Endodontic surgery
- Root canal treatment
- Repairing traumatic dental injuries
So how do you know if you need an endodontist instead of a dentist? There are various signs that you might have a tooth in trouble. If you find yourself with tooth pain, an injured tooth, or a tooth that is sensitive to hot or cold, it is probably a good time to call our team and schedule a visit.
While it can be tempting to ignore pain, it is important to remember that we are here to relieve your pain! Remember, not only do we have specific skills to help you, but we have specialized techniques to easily assess your pain and devise a treatment plan to help you as quickly as possible. Thanks to modern technological advances, we can use precision lasers to more effectively disinfect a tooth, use computed tomography imaging (CBCT) to create a 3-D image of your tooth, and employ various technologies to treat your teeth so they heal more quickly and comfortably.
A root canal can often be done to clear out damaged tooth pulp inside your tooth. We make sure you are comfortable during the treatment and, remember, the goal is to solve the issue and relieve your pain! But we don’t just fix your problems; we can also improve your oral health. A pulpotomy can also be done on a chipped or cracked tooth to get rid of the damaged pulp and save your tooth with a dental crown.
When To Call Our Endodontic Team
- You have persistent tooth pain.
- You feel unexplained pain in your mouth or jaw.
- You have teeth that feel sensitive to heat, cold or sweet foods.
- You notice inflammation (swelling) near affected teeth or gums.
Did you know that an untreated tooth abscess can be life-threatening? When in doubt, give us a call. If you find yourself experiencing an accident or injury to your mouth, be aware of the signs of infection that should not be ignored. It could be a fever, problems breathing or swallowing, or swelling and redness in your mouth that spreads to your cheek. Remember, your healthy mouth is our ultimate goal!