An endodontist is a dentist who has completed an accredited eight-year-long general dentistry dental school and has gone on to an additional two-four year to obtain a specialty license in Endodontics. They have studied hard to become a specialist in this field and only work on patients with endodontic issues. At Advanced Endodontics of Buffalo, our Endodontist has an extensive education in the field.
An Endodontist performs a variety of procedures involving the pulp or nerve of the teeth and disorders associated with it. These specialized procedures include routine root canal treatment. surgical root tip root canal treatment, determining if a tooth is sound or if an implant is needed, and finally, any trauma to the tooth that needs to be evaluated for root canal treatments.
To an Endodontist, a routine root canal treatment consists of removing the diseased pulp (nerve) and replacing it with a filling material. To you the patient it is anything but routine. It can bring much pain and discomfort but also can be relieving as well. Sometimes removing the diseased tissue will alleviate the pain. Maybe not at first but for the most part. The specialist will prescribe antibiotics and pain medication as needed. The antibiotics are sometimes prescribed before the treatment to promote healing and prevent the infection from continuing. After the procedure is done then the Endodontist will suggest a crown or cap for the tooth to help keep it stable and secure. One reason a root canal treatment is done is to keep the tooth in place so that the other teeth do not migrate forward or up or downward to fill in the space of the missing tooth. In some situations, the root canal needs to be performed via the root tip. This procedure is called an apicoectomy. Because part of the root tip has to be removed. The canal is then cleaned out of infected nerve tissue and then filled. Thee root tip can then be sealed with a filling material such as amalgam or composite.
An Endodontist will also be consulted if a general dentist thinks a tooth may not be suitable or stable enough for a partial denture or bridge. The anchor tooth must be sound in structure and be able to support the bridge or the movement of a partial. If the Endodontist thinks that there is any instability of the tooth he will recommend an implant to be done and the existing tooth be removed.