An endodontist is a specialized dentist that works to diagnose oral pain and preserve your natural teeth. Usually, your dentist will recommend an endodontist if you require a root canal.
Do I Need to See an Endodontist?
Endodontists are tooth pain experts. If your teeth hurt when pressure is applied (chewing), it may be smart to see your dentist. Your dentist will recommend an endodontist when your teeth are:
- Sensitive to hot and cold temperatures
- Tender or swollen along the gum line
Root Canal Treatments
Root canals receive a bad reputation, but they are a common and fundamental necessity if you are experiencing persistent tooth pain.
Root canal candidates will undergo the following procedure:
- Your teeth will be x-rayed in order to access damage.
- To prevent discomfort, the endodontist will administer a local anesthetic to numb the area.
- A small incision will be made in the crown of the tooth to drain pulp and clean out the hole.
- Your endodontist will either allow the tooth to drain for some time or seal the tooth.
What Other Procedures Do Endodontists Offer?
- Endodontic Retreatment: Usually root canal procedures have more than a 90% success rate; however, if discomfort continues, the endodontist will reopen your tooth to reassess the issue.
- Pulp Vitality Testing: This method is applied to help diagnose the health of the nerves in your teeth. Generally, this determines if a root canal is the right course of action.
- Apicoectomy: Also known as a root-end resection, this is a surgery that removes decaying and inflamed tissue.
GVR Dental and Orthodontics & Colorado Endodontic Group work together to provide a comprehensive list of endodontic services in our office. Our dentists and endodontists work closely to ensure you receive attentive, personalized treatment, including sedation options if needed.