Endodontists are specialists that treat issues affecting internal tooth structure. Becoming an endodontist is no easy feat – it takes tenacity, work ethic, and commitment. Beyond a general Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS), one aspiring to practice endodontics will need to complete advanced education and specialty training. Once this portion of education and training is completed, potential endodontists will need to study for and pass certifications through the American Board of Endodontics.
What are some examples of endodontic treatment?
Root canal therapy is an example of treatment endodontists perform. There are also other treatments, more specific in nature, such as a pulpectomy, which removes the dental pulp but not the nerve endings of teeth. The objective of root canal therapy and related treatments is to prevent the need for tooth extractions by repairing diseased and damaged teeth.
Can a general dentist perform root canal therapy?
Yes, many general dentists do perform root canal treatment. While many dentists can treat infected root canals, some dentists prefer to refer patients to a specialist – especially if a person requires complex treatment.
Specialists focus on a narrower scope of practice than general practitioners so that patients can receive very precise and effective care.
How do root canals become infected?
A root canal should be sealed off from debris and bacteria but when teeth are damaged by decay or injury (like a crack or chip), the root canal becomes exposed to potential threats like bacteria and debris. Once bacteria reach the root canal, the contents of it are defenseless. The dental pulp and nerve endings inside root canals become inflamed and infected when exposed to harmful bacteria. Since nerves are involved, an infection inside the root canal can be especially uncomfortable.
Will I be comfortable during treatment?
During treatment, our team takes every measure to ensure the comfort of our guests. To maintain comfort, we administer local anesthetics and sedating compounds such as nitrous oxide.
If your dentist has referred to our practice, we invite you to call us to reserve a consultation with our endodontist.