What Do Endodontists Do? Taking care of your teeth is important for staying healthy and maintaining good oral health. It is necessary to have an oral checkup once every while for good oral health with healthy and white teeth. People visit dentists either for an oral checkup or when they have pain or other problems in their teeth.
Most people do not get an oral checkup and have to rush to their dentists only when they experience some problems with their teeth. Prevention is better than cure, and it is a must to have an oral checkup even when you think your teeth are fine. However, problems with teeth can always arise, and it is better to check with your dentist immediately.
You can get services from different dentists based what problems you’re facing, related to the tooth, gums, and oral cavity. Each of the dentists has specialization in treating certain problems. Therefore, it is important to know the different types of dentist before visiting one. Endodontists are the most popular and high in demand to treat tooth related problems. Let us see the different types of dentist and what endodontists specialize in.
Types of Dentists
Following are the different types of dentists:
- General Dentist
- Pedodontist or Pediatric Dentist
- Oral Pathologist or Oral Surgeon
How are Endodontists Different from Other Dentists?
Every endodontist is a dentist, but less than 3% of the dentists are endodontists. From education to skills and from expertise to the equipment, endodontists are different from the other dentists. Here are the things that are special about endodontists.
Endodontists Have Advanced Education
To specialize in their field, endodontists have two or three additional years of education in an advanced specialty program in endodontics. Endodontists focus on studying diseases of the dental pulp and how to treat them.
Endodontists Have Specialized Expertise
As their practice is limited to endodontics, endodontists focus on the treating the dental pulp. An endodontist usually completes an average of 25 root canal treatments every week, whereas a general dentist only performs a root canal treatment once or twice a week or even less than that.
Endodontists do not perform simple procedures such as cleaning the teeth or filling cavities unless it is part of their endodontic treatment for a patient. They devote their time to diagnose and treat the complex issues of the root and pulp of the tooth. Patients who come to endodontists usually complain of a toothache because of an underlying problem within the tooth. Their skills and expertise are in finding the cause of oral and facial pain that is difficult to diagnose.
Endodontists are expert in Pain Management
Endodontists work with specialized techniques to provide their patient comfort. They practice techniques that make the dental procedure less painful and relaxing for the patient. They are experts in administering anesthetics, especially to patients who have problems getting and staying numb. With the techniques and medication an endodontist uses, the patient is relieved from tooth pain after the infection or inflammation has healed.
Endodontists Use Cutting-Edge Technologies
Endodontists work with material and equipment to make your treatment more successful and comfortable. For instance, they use a rubber dam, which is a small plastic rubber sheet that isolates the tooth during the treatment. Isolating the tooth protects it from saliva and the oral bacteria during the treatment. It also protects the rest of the mouth from the instruments and substances that are applied to the tooth.
Endodontists also use digital radiographers and 3-D imaging to view the tooth anatomy better for root canals and to see the extent of the infection inside the tooth. They also use operating microscopes to see the inide of root canals when needed.
What Treatments do Endodontists Perform?
An endodontist specializes in treating tooth problems related to the root and pulp to the tooth. Their training focuses on diagnosing the toothache and its root cause. The treatment options an endodontist provide are a root canal, and other procedures related to the interior of the tooth.
A root canal involves removing the pulp from the inside of the tooth. The endodontist removes the pulp and then cleans the tooth from the inside, sealing it with filling material in the end. Your endodontist will perform the root canal to repair or save a damaged or decayed tooth. A root canal becomes very necessary when the pulp of the tooth becomes damaged.
The first step for the root canal is an X-ray to view the shape of the tooth and the damage in the pulp. Next, your endodontist uses local anesthesia to numb the area of the tooth. Then, they apply a rubber dam around the area of your tooth. After that, they drill a hole in your tooth down to the dentin and remove the pulp and debris. In the final step, they clean the tooth from inside and fill it with filling material.
Treatment of Traumatic Injury
The pulp can get damaged when there is a trauma or a blow to the mouth. The endodontist specializes in treating the traumatic injuries of the pulp of the tooth. For instance, a child’s permanent tooth which isn’t fully grown can cause problem for other teeth and cease their root growth. A treatment procedure called apexification causes the bone to be deposited at the end of the root. This helps to save the tooth by the root canal.
Endodontic treatments can save the tooth in many cases. This is why we endodontists at Bryant Park Endodontics call ourselves ‘Specialists in Saving Teeth’. We perform endodontic treatments with the most advanced technology available. We aim to keep your precious smile and to provide you with the most comfortable and painless root canal and other endodontic treatments.