What Does an Endodontist Treat?
Posted on 11/22/2021 by Dr. Ahmed Matri
|Endodontics is a dental specialty that deals with diagnosing dental pain and diseases, treating dental injuries and other dental emergencies, performing root canals, and more. Fewer than three percent of all dentists are endodontists, and this specialty requires two or three years of advanced training beyond dental school. Keep reading to learn more about the different conditions endodontists are experts at treating.
Tooth pain can occur for many different reasons. The inside of your teeth is known as the tooth pulp, and this area contains sensitive nerves, tissues, and blood vessels. Damage to your tooth pulp, whether from severe tooth decay, gum disease, a cracked tooth, or an injury, can cause pain that interferes with your quality of life. Endodontists are dedicated to managing and treating pain. If you are experiencing discomfort, we will perform a thorough oral examination to identify the underlying cause of your tooth pain, then develop the appropriate treatment plan for you.
Traumatic Dental Injuries
Endodontists are not only experts at treating dental injuries, but we also pride ourselves on our ability to save our patient's smiles. Some examples of dental emergencies we commonly treat are injuries from car accidents, sports-related injuries, knocked out teeth, and fractured teeth. If you have experienced any kind of dental trauma, we can help. Depending on your injury, treatment could involve dental splints, surgery, a root canal, or restorative work such as crowns or dental implants to preserve the appearance and function of your teeth.
Decay and Disease
Root canals are the most common procedure we perform in our office; while a general dentist may perform one or two root canals a week, endodontists complete around 25 per week on average. Root canals are necessary when decay, gum disease, or an infection spreads past the enamel, into the pulp and even the root of the tooth. A root canal involves removing all the infected pulp from inside the tooth, thoroughly cleaning the tooth chambers, sealing the tooth to prevent reinfection, and then placing a crown on top to protect and stabilize the tooth. If you need to see an endodontist, call our office today to schedule an appointment.