Seeking professional care for your teeth from a qualified dentist or oral hygienist is highly important. However, sometimes the care your teeth require need to be covered by someone in more of a specialized field. This is where endodontics is relevant.
The name may be long and hard to pronounce, but the work endodontists do is highly important is providing top quality dental care. If you, or someone you know, have been referred to see an endodontist you may have many questions you want answered. This article is here to provide you with some answers and help allay any concerns you have about seeing an endodontist. Here at Morris Park Dental, we have all specialists under one roof, including an Endodontist, Dr. Stephen Giordano.
What are endodontics?
Endodontics or endodonture is an area of dentistry concerned with the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of issues affecting the tooth pulp, root, and periapical tissues. Basically, endodontists delve deeper into the tooth tissue and aim to fix problems that develop deep inside the tooth, in the root or pulp of the tooth.
What is an endodontist?
Naturally, the first thing you may be wondering is just what an endodontist does, exactly. An endodontist is a specialized dentist who is expertly trained at dealing with problems inside the tooth. When issues occur with the pulp of the tooth and the nerves, blood vessels, and other soft tissues of this part of the tooth need additional care, an endodonist is the person to see. One of the most common treatments an endodontist performs is a root canal. An endodonist is someone who works in the field of endodonture or endodontics. This aspect of dentistry is concerned with the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of issues affecting the tooth pulp, root, and periapical tissues. Basically, endodontists delve deeper into the tooth tissue and aim to fix problems that develop deep inside the tooth, in the root or pulp of the tooth.
What training does an endodontist have?
Endodontists have an additional two years of specialized training to ensure that they are expertly qualified in dealing with issues affecting the inner tooth.
What are root canals?
If you haven’t heard of root canal before, consider yourself lucky because that means your teeth are in great condition! However, if a root canal is in the cards for you, depending on the severity of it, you may require the work of an endodontist.
A root canal is needed when the nerve of the tooth becomes infected, or if the dental pulp is damaged in some way. A root canal requires removing the nerve as well as the dental pulp, cleaning the inside of the tooth, and sealing it with a protective outer layer. Root canal therapy is a treatment that is designed to repair and save a tooth when a severe infection occurs or bad decay is slowly killing the tooth.
Why do I need a root canal?
Root canals are caused by tooth decay or severe infections. This can happen when you eat foods that are loaded in sugars and other nasty substances that aren’t good for your teeth, roots, and gums. In addition, not brushing and flossing daily can also increase the risk of infections and decay occurring.
Root canals can also be required for other pre-existing dental reasons. For instance, if you have a dental cavity, dental abscess, or gum disease, you may need a root canal. There are also other dental emergencies such as irritation of a tooth root, cracked tooth syndrome, temporomandibular disease, eruption, or impaction that may need to be resolved by a root canal. For any such dental emergencies, you need to act fast. The dentists at Morris Park Dental can quickly resolve these dental emergencies and get your teeth back to optimal health.
How painful is a root canal?
At Morris Park Dental, our dentists and endodontist have the benefit of state of the art equipment and facilities to make the procedure as comfortable as possible for you. Our office also offers relaxation sedation or nitrous sedation, in addition to local numbing agents, which means that our patients experience little to no pain at all during a root canal. In addition, many patients experience pain as a result of the infection, and report relief and less pain after the root canal is completed.
Call us today at (718) DR-SMILE (718-377-6453) to schedule a complimentary consultation with our Endodontist/Root Canal Dentist or click here to request an appointment online!