Who is an Endodontist?
An endodontist is a dentist who specializes in saving teeth. Endodontists become specialists by completing dental school followed by an additional two or more years of advanced training in endodontics. They perform routine as well as difficult and very complex endodontic procedures, including root canal treatment and endodontic surgery.
As a result of their specialty training, endodontists are skilled in finding the cause of oral and facial pain that has been difficult to diagnose. They are also experts at managing and relieving tooth pain, treating traumatic injuries to teeth and performing other procedures including internal bleaching to remove discoloration from teeth, vital pulp therapies and implant placement.
Why Would I Need an Endodontic Treatment?
“Endo” is the Greek word for “inside” and “odont” is Greek for “tooth.” Endodontic treatment, or root canal treatment, treats the soft pulp tissue inside the tooth. If the pulp becomes inflamed or infected due to decay, repeated dental procedures or other damage, it can cause pain and lead to bigger dental problems, including the loss of your tooth.
An Endodontist removes the inflamed or infected pulp, carefully cleans and shapes the inside of the tooth, then fills and seals the space. Afterwards, you will return to your dentist, who will place a crown or other restoration on the tooth to protect it and restore it to full function. Following restoration, the tooth continues to function like any other tooth, and can last a lifetime!
By saving your tooth, an endodontist can help you keep your natural smile, so you can continue to eat your favorite foods and maintain your overall health. Remember: nothing looks, feels or functions like your natural tooth!