If your dentist recommends that you see an endodontist, it’s usually because you may need a root canal. An endodontist is a dental specialist who works to relieve dental pain and save your natural teeth.
Do I Need to See an Endodontist?
Most often, patients are referred to our endodontists because they are experiencing tooth pain (especially when eating or putting pressure on the affected area). Some other reasons you may need to see an endodontist include:
- Teeth sensitivity to hot and cold
- Tenderness or swelling in the gums near a bothersome tooth
- Darkening of the tooth
Root Canal Treatment
A root canal may not sound like a whole lot of fun, but it is often necessary to relieve persistent tooth pain. It’s also one of the most common dental procedures performed. Our endodontists specialize in saving teeth through different procedures that involve the pulp (nerve) and root of teeth.
The process of getting a root canal generally follows these steps:
- X-rays are taken to assess the damage to the tooth.
- The endodontist will administer local anesthetic to numb the area and prevent any discomfort.
- An opening in the crown of the tooth will be made and decayed pulp will be cleaned out.
- Depending on the particular patient, the endodontist may leave the tooth open to drain before it is filled or sealed, or they may put a temporary filling in the tooth.
What Other Procedures Do Endodontists Offer?
- Endodontic Retreatment: While the success of nonsurgical root canal therapy is greater than 90%, it is possible for root canal therapy to fail to heal or for pain and discomfort to exist. In this case, the endodontist will reopen your tooth to gain access to the root canal filling material and determine reasons for the failure.
- Pulp Vitality Testing: This is a technique that helps to diagnose the health of the pulp (nerve) of your teeth. This helps determine if a root canal may be necessary.
Schedule an Appointment with an Endodontist
All Smiles Dental Group partners with the specialists at Colorado Endodontic Group to provide an array of endodontic services at our office. The specialists work closely with the dentists to ensure you get personalized treatment. We also offer some sedation options if needed.