What Is an Endodontist, and When Should You Use One?
An endodontist is a dental professional who is a specialist that deals with the nerves and the pulp of the teeth. Endodontists attend dental school and then choose to further their education with at least two more years of specialized instruction. While general dentists can perform root canals, they often direct patients to an endodontist, who is an expert.
When you hear that someone is going to get a root canal, it’s probably being done by an endodontist. An endodontist performs procedures including:
• Root canal treatment
• Root canal re-treatment
• Endodontic surgery such as apicoectomies
• Traumatic dental injuries
Decades ago, it was common for people suffering from an infected tooth to have it removed. That caused problems with chewing, shifting teeth, and bite changes. Root canals are now the norm, and they save your tooth, allowing you to eat, chew, and speak without problems.
Pittsburgh Pain-free Root Canal Treatment
Endodontists utilize specialized equipment that makes the root canal process faster, more effective, and virtually pain free. Many endodontists use digital x-rays to view every part of the tooth’s root structure, electronic apex locators to find the end of tiny roots, and surgical operating microscopes that allow them to see every detail of the canals they are cleaning and filling. The materials that they use, such as gutta-percha, are high quality and help to ensure that your root canal protects your tooth. Local anesthesia techniques and delivery systems have also evolved to the point where your root canal is pain-free, although your gums may be a bit sore for several days afterward.
In addition to specialized equipment, endodontists also must attend classes and education sessions to earn required continuing education credits so that they can learn about advances in the endodontic field.
Dr. Gregory Semashko of Endodontics in Cranberry offers root canal treatments for patients in the Pittsburgh area. He and his staff make it their goal to offer pain-free root canals in a comfortable atmosphere. If you think you need a root canal or your general dentist has referred to you an experienced endodontist, call us today.