Leading Endodontist in Buffalo NY, Dr. Hatim Hamad – Accepts Patient Referrals
Dr. Hatim Hamad of Advanced Endodontics of Buffalo is now partnering with general dentists in the Buffalo, NY, community to provide advanced care to their mutual patients.
Endodontics is a dental specialty area that focuses on treating the underlying causes of dental and facial pain that involve diseases and infections of the dental pulp and its supporting structures. An endodontist is a dental specialist who has undertaken at least two additional years of postgraduate dental training.
Endodontists often treat patients referred by their general dentist if they have not responded well to non-surgical treatment or if they need advanced or specialized surgical procedures such as root canals and periradicular surgery, including apicoectomies.
The top priority is always to preserve and save a tooth whenever possible, even if it involves removal of the dental pulp, including nerves if the infection is not reversible.
Hamad, a graduate of the Buffalo School of Dentistry and a U.S. Navy veteran, specializes in traumatic injury treatment, endodontic retreatment, endodontic microsurgery, and non-surgical root canals
Traumatic Injury Treatment
Any trauma to the mouth may cause the displacement of teeth. Patients should see their dentists as soon as possible if this happens. A general dentist should be able to stabilize the dislodged tooth or teeth. With mild injuries, no further therapy should be necessary.
Cases where the pulp is damaged, however, may require a root canal. Advanced Endodontics of Buffalo can provide same-day crowns after treatment for patients whose condition is urgent
Avulsed (Knocked Out) Teeth
When trauma causes the complete dislodgement of a tooth, patients need to seek immediate care, since the sooner the patient receives treatment, the lower the risk of permanent damage. With quick action, a dental specialist can often save the tooth.
Dr. Hatim Hamad of Advanced Endodontics of Buffalo advises patients to try to put the tooth back into its socket. When that’s not possible, patients should keep the tooth moist, he says, noting that an excellent way to do this is to place the tooth in a glass of milk.
Endodontic treatment has a high rate of success. In some cases, however, a person’s healing may be impaired by:
- Narrow or curved canals initially left untreated
- A restoration not done in time after treatment
- Complex canals not detected initially
- Incorrect placement of the permanent restoration
Trauma or decay may also expose a previously treated tooth to infection. The endodontist will inspect the patient’s mouth and determine the cause of the pain.
In cases where a root canal treatment cannot save a tooth, endodontic surgery may be necessary. A root-end resection, also known as an apicoectomy, is a standard alternative treatment.
What is an Apicoectomy?
During an apicoectomy, the endodontist makes an incision in the gum, exposing the root and inflammation in the tissue. The next step is removing damaged tissue and the infected root tip, then sealing the space left behind to prevent reinfection. The endodontic surgeon then sutures the tissue.
After the procedure, the patient may feel slight discomfort. Once the swelling settles, the wound will heal quickly, allowing a return to everyday life. Healing is complete when the bone has knit around the root canal again.
Non-Surgical Root Canal Therapy
The team at Advanced Endodontics of Buffalo also performs non-surgical root canals. The purpose of a root canal is to eliminate the infection from a tooth and then seal it to prevent further microbial infection. This procedure involved drilling a small hole in the tooth’s crown, with the patient anesthetized locally, then removing all diseased pulp from the roots.
The doctor then thoroughly cleans and sterilizes the hollow root cavity roots and sterilizes the pulp cavity. Using a material like gutta-percha along with a binding cement or resin to pack and refill the cavity, the endodontist then seals the tooth. With all infected pulp removed, the patient should no longer feel any pain.
Dentists May Refer Patients to the Advanced Endodontics of Buffalo Team
Patients who believe they need endodontic treatment should ask their general dentist office to refer them to Dr. Hatim Hamad or his team at Advanced Endodontics of Buffalo.