If you are suffering from persistent tooth pain, your dentist will usually recommend you see an endodontist. These specialized doctors work to relieve tooth pain and often perform root canal procedures.
Do I Need to See an Endodontist?
Generally, you will see an endodontist if you experience dental pain caused by applied pressure, like chewing. Other reasons may include:
- Discoloration of a tooth
- Tenderness or swelling in the gums near a bothersome tooth
- Teeth sensitivity to hot and cold
Root Canal Treatment
If you are a root canal candidate, you may dread the procedure; however, root canal therapy is common and works to alleviate pain.
The process of a root canal procedure is simple:
- Your endodontist will take x-rays to assess the damage of your tooth.
- A local anesthetic will be administered to numb the area around your tooth.
- A small incision will be made above your tooth to remove decayed pulp.
- Depending on the situation, your endodontist may leave the tooth open to drain before filling and sealing, or they may fill it right away.
What Other Procedures Do Endodontists Offer?
- Pulp Vitality Testing: This testing is a method used to diagnose the overall health of the pulp, or nerve, of your teeth. This test will determine if you are a root canal candidate.
- Endodontic Retreatment: Although nonsurgical root canals are 90% successful, it is possible that your tooth won’t heal properly. If this is the case, your endodontist will remove the canal filling and reassess the issue.
- Apicoectomy: This is a root end resection surgery that is preformed after an unsuccessful root canal. Your endodontist will revisit the tooth incision to remove decaying and inflamed tissue.
Schedule an Appointment with an Endodontist
At Hampden Dental Group, we deliver quality care, which is why we provide various endodontic services with our partner, Colorado Endodontic Group. These doctors work closely with our dentists to ensure you receive attentive, personalized treatment. At our office, we provide emergency dental care and sedation options, so you don’t have to deal with discomfort!