Did you know dentists perform around 15 million root canals each year? This dental procedure is one of the most feared and is a lot more common than you may realize. If left untreated, it can cause a lot of pain and problems.
However, the people that perform these procedures are not known quite as well. Have you ever heard of endodontics?
When most people think of a dentist, they just think of the person cleaning the outside of their teeth- the white smile that everyone can see. But there is actually a lot more to teeth beneath the surface.
The word “endo” means “inside,” and an endodontist will take care of the soft tissue and pulp inside your teeth. In this article, I want to talk about how an endodontist may be able to help you.
Root Canal Dentist
Endodontists can help with many things, but they are mainly known as root canal specialists. If didn’t already know, a root canal is that natural space, or cavity, in the middle of a tooth. This is mostly a sensory feature that lets you tell if something is hot or cold. If you have a problem with your root canals, it can lead to infection and hot or cold sensations.
If not treated, this infected area can lead to bone loss, an abscess, swelling in your face, drainage…and of course, lots of pain. An endodontist will be able to take care of this without any problems, though.
During root canal treatment, they start by drilling a hole into the cavity of your tooth so they can access everything. Then they essentially use tiny files to scrape out all the infected material, and the canal is flushed out making it clean again. After sealing up the tooth again, the procedure is finished.
Why Choose an Endodontist?
If you have a root canal problem, there are many reasons to choose an endodontics specialist rather than just your general family doctor. Here are a few reasons.
1. They have more experience. A general dentist may perform a couple root canal procedures, but endodontists perform over 20 every week, so they definitely know what they are doing.
2. They have more flexible hours. Your family dentist probably works normal workday hours. But root canal specialists know pain is unpleasant, and will often bring you in at any time to take care of the problem right away.
3. They have specialized technology. A dentist is more of a jack-of-all-trades and can take care of many problems. But if you have a root canal issue, why not see someone that specializes in it? They have all the right tools to make sure everything is fixed on the first try.
When to See an Endodontics Specialist
For your regular checkups and cleanings, a general doctor is fine. But if you have tooth pain, you should get it taken care of immediately. Don’t waste time making appointments with a dentist that might just refer you to an endodontics specialist anyway.
Start by going to an endodontist first, and they will be able to take care of your teeth and get rid of all the pain. Just contact us if you have any tooth pain or want more information about root canal procedures!