Root Canal Awareness Week: See How An Endodontist Can Help You
Posted on May 8, 2017 by Kochevar Endo
Maybe you haven’t thought about it before, but it’s likely that you will have need of a root canal treatment at some point in your life. Most people do, despite regular visits to the dentist and superhero-worthy efforts at maintaining oral hygiene. Seeing as it is root canal awareness week, we’re here to drop a few facts on root canals and how an endodontist can help.
What is a Root Canal?
A root canal treatment is performed when a large cavity or damaged tooth causes the pulp of a tooth to become infected. The intended purpose of the treatment is to remove the infection and replace it with an inert material. Root canal treatments are very common. When an infected tooth is left alone for a long period of time it may become abscessed, possibility resulting in the loss of the tooth.
Symptoms of a Root Canal
While pain is a major symptom of an infected tooth, it is far from the only one. Below are some of the more common signs and symptoms that a root canal treatment is required.
- Severe tooth pain when eating or putting pressure on the area
- Sensitivity to hot or cold that lingers after stimuli has been removed
- A pimple-like bump (white, yellow, or red) appears on the gum near the pain
- General darkening of the tooth
- Tenderness or swelling of the gums near the area of teeth pain
Other Causes of a Root Canal
Keep in mind that the pulp of a tooth may become infected for a variety of reasons, including severe tooth decay, trauma, complications from prior dental treatments, and cracked and chipped teeth.
How An Endodontist Can Help
General dentists, by and large, are able to treat root canal infections. While this is true, your general dentist may no have the time, additional education, technology, or resources to give you the best treatment possible.
An endodontist is the most qualified to take care of your root canal treatment for the following reasons:
- Additional Education: After graduating dental school, an endodontist attends goes through two years of extra school learning the latest techniques in root canals.
- Advanced Technology: Endodontists use the latest microscopes and equipment for root canal treatments in order to provide more accurate diagnosis and focused treatment strategy.
- Advanced Tools: Each root canal is unique- there is no “one size fits all” for tools and files. Our precision tools will aid in a unique, specialized root canal treatment with each patient we see.
- Only Endodontics: In general, an endodontics office is focused on root canals and surgical endodontics. They will be able to focus on your needs, backed with a breadth of endodontic experience.
Need help or have a question about root canals? Give us a call at 801.282.1651.