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What is an Endodontist? Posted on May 5, 2020

Endodontists are highly skilled dental specialists in maintaining teeth through endodontic therapy, which includes procedures involving the soft inner tissue of the teeth known as the pulp. While all dentists are trained in the diagnosis and endodontic treatment, some teeth can be especially challenging to diagnose and treat, which is why some people are referred to an endodontic specialist.

Human Tooth AnatomyIn addition to completing dental school, endodontists also receive two or more years of advanced education in endodontic treatment. Endodontists study root can techniques and procedures in great depth, providing them with the knowledge needed to diagnose and treat more complicated cases.

What Does an Endodontist Do?

Diagnoses and Treats Tooth Pain

Oral pain, such as a toothache or a cracked/fractured tooth, can be challenging to diagnose. With the vast network of nerves in the mouth, people feeling pain from a damaged or diseased tooth will often feel the pain in the head, neck, ear, or another tooth. An endodontist specializes in pinpointing and treating this type of oral pain.

Treats Traumatic Injuries to the Mouth

If you receive a blow to the mouth from an activity such as playing sports, you could suffer from pulp damage, which is a traumatic injury an endodontist specializes in treating. For example, if a child receives a blow to a permanent tooth that has not fully developed, then the damage can cause the root to stop growing. To fix this, an endodontist would complete a procedure called apexification. This stimulates the bone to be deposited at the end of the root, making it possible to save your tooth via a root canal procedure.

What Can I Expect During Endodontic Treatment?

When you visit Endodontics in Cranberry for endodontic treatment, treatment begins with the administration of a local anesthetic. We then place a sheet of latex or non-latex known as the rubber dam around the tooth to isolate it. This is used to keep the tooth clean and dry during the procedure.

Your treatment will consist of three or four basic steps.

The number of visits required to complete treatment depends on the degree of infection or inflammation and the degree of treatment difficulty. Many treatments only require one visit, where some may require two visits. In other cases, three appointments may be needed.

Will Follow Up Appointments Be Required?

After your endodontic treatment is completed, you should have your tooth examined every 6 to 12 months to make sure the tooth has healed or is healing properly.

We will work with you to let you know when it is appropriate to schedule an appointment and have the tooth reevaluated.

What is Retreatment?

In some cases, when a tooth undergoes endodontic treatment, the treatment can fail to heal, or the pain persists despite treatment. In rare cases, a tooth can respond to the root canal therapy initially then becomes painful or diseased months or years later. If you experience either of these situations, your tooth can be maintained through retreatment with a second endodontic treatment.

Comfortable Endodontic Care in Cranberry

Dr. Semashko, your local endodontist, is highly experienced in treating even the most difficult endodontic cases and will provide you with creditable and compassionate care. Contact Endodontics in Cranberry today to schedule your appointment!