What is an Endodontist?
An Endodontist is a Dentist who has specialized education on how to deal with the diseases of the dental pulp and associated issues. Root canal treatment is the common name for the procedures most commonly performed by the Endodontist.
What Procedures Do Endodontists Perform?
There are several types of procedures that an Endodontist will do. As mentioned, root canals are the most common. However, there are several other procedures that are done by the Endodontic specialist. These treatments are a non-surgical root canal, endodontic re-treatment, endodontic microsurgery, and traumatic injury treatment. We also discuss with you root canal treatments vs. implants.
Non-surgical Root Canal Treatments:
These treatments are the ones we always hear our friends talk about. This is a routine root canal treatment that removes the diseased pulp (nerve) of the tooth and replaces it with a filling material that stops the progression or chance of infection within the tooth. Usually accompanied with pain, however, once started the infected tissue successfully removed will bring relief of pain. We here at the clinic believe in making you as comfortable as possible during this not so wonderful time.
This procedure is done when you have had a root canal in the past and it has had some complications. We will remove the old filling material out of the canal and remove any infection and then re-fill the canal with new material.
When the root tip has become infected we need to treat that area specifically by doing the root canal through the root tip instead of the top of the tooth. We consider this a surgical procedure because it involves removing some of the gum tissue at the root and sometimes having to remove the root tip itself. This all depends on the amount of infection that has occurred.
Traumatic Injury Treatment:
This involves any root canal treatment caused by trauma. Such as getting hit in the mouth with a baseball or any other injury. Most common is the baseball to the face though and we are very used to treating these kinds of issues. When your child falls and hits their front teeth on the coffee table or what have you, then we will perform appropriate root canal treatment that will prevent the tooth from turning black or having pain associated with the trauma.
Root Canal vs. Implants:
Here we will discuss with you the pros and cons of implants and root canal treatment for the tooth in question. We will let you know everything from how secure the natural tooth is compared to the implant all the way to the difference in costs. We will tell you about recovery from each procedure and how they differ.