How an Endodontist Is Different Than a General Dentist
Posted on 8/10/2020 by Dr. Ahmed Matri
We provide both general dentistry and endodontic dental services. Therefore, you may wonder how an endondontist's services compare with the services featured by a general dentist. The following information distinguishes the differences between the two.
What Are Endodontic Services?
To understand the difference between an endodontist and general dentist, you need to define endodontics. Endodontics is a branch of dentistry that involves treating the inside structure of a tooth. As “endo” translates to “inside a tooth” from the Greek language, endodontics involves treatments, such as root canals or therapies that address issues that result from cracked teeth, fractured roots, or abscesses. General dentistry normally involves the filling of teeth, checking and examining the mouth for abnormalities or decay, and x-raying the teeth to check for infection or decay. It also extends to placing restorations, such as crowns or veneers, or bonding or whitening the teeth.
How Can Endodontic Services Benefit Me?
If you need to treat a severely decayed tooth, we can provide root canal therapy to fill and preserve the tooth. Doing so will restore the tooth and make it easier for you to bite and chew. Despite what some people may believe, a root canal can go fairly fast and does not cause undue distress or pain. In fact, you will not experience any downtime after the surgery. We will remove the infected pulp of the deeply decayed tooth, clean and disinfect the inside, including the canal(s), and seal the tooth against further infection. A crown is placed after the surgery to protect it and restore it.
Do you need endodontic therapy? If so, give our office a call with your questions and for further details. Schedule an appointment today if you need a root canal or want to have a tooth checked that you believe is abscessed. Don't wait, as this type of dental issue can worsen, with time, and lead to a serious medical condition. Give us a call today so you can get the treatment you need now.