At Morris Park Dental of the Bronx, our professional, experienced endodontists have been performing root canals for over 30 years. Endodontists are specialists in saving teeth and have received additional training beyond that of a dentist in order to perform these procedures. This additional training allows them to diagnose tooth pain and perform root canal treatment and other procedures relating to the soft interior of the tooth, known as the “pulp.”
Reasons to Visit an Endodontist
Endodontists perform a variety of procedures that general dentists cannot. These include the following:
- Diagnosis and treatment of complex root problems.
- Cracked teeth treatment.
- Tooth replacements.
- Consultations for facial trauma patients.
- Surgical removal of roots.
Endodontists specialize in saving teeth through root canals and other endodontic procedures. Specialists prefer these methods over extractions, bridges, and implants. Our endodontists can provide a consultation for options besides tooth removal.
When to Visit an Endodontist
Endodontists can provide specialized treatment that reduces your recovery time. You should visit an endodontist if you’re experiencing any of the following:
- Sharp pain when biting.
- Sensitivity to hot or cold foods followed by lingering pain.
- Persistent and severe pain with swollen gums.
- Uncomfortable aches in the upper teeth and jaws.
What to Expect During a Root Canal
Root canals are used to repair and save a tooth that becomes infected or begins to decay. Root canals are the procedure endodontists perform most often. During this procedure, the endodontist will make a small hole in the affected tooth to remove any infected or dead pulp. The inside of the tooth is cleaned and sealed so that reinfection will not occur.