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What Is An Endodontist?

Endodontists are dentists who specialize in saving teeth through endodontic therapy -- procedures, involving the soft inner tissue of the teeth, called the pulp. The word "endodontic" comes from "endo" meaning inside and "odont" meaning tooth. Like many medical terms, it's Greek. All dentists are trained to diagnose and treat endodontic problems. However, some teeth can be especially difficult to diagnose and treat. That’s why you may have been referred to an endodontic specialist.

In addition to dental school, endodontists receive two or more years of advanced education in this kind of treatment. They study root canal techniques and procedures in greater depth, for diagnosis and treatment of more difficult cases. To provide the patient with the most successful outcome, many dentists choose to refer their patients to endodontists.

What New Technologies Are Being Used?

In addition to digital radiography, we utilize special operating microscopes. Magnification and illumination are helpful in aiding the doctor to see tiny details inside your tooth. Also, camera on the microscope can record images of your tooth to further document the doctor’s findings.

Cone Beam CT technology allows complete 3D visualization of the teeth and bone with ultra low radiation exposure.   A typical limited field view is about the same exposure as 3 small digital dental x-rays.   While not used in every case; when it is needed it can provide unmatched diagnostic information.  This allows us to make the most accurate treatment planning decisions before we ever start working on your tooth.

 

After Treatment

 
Will I Need Any Painkillers Or An Antibiotic? 

You should not chew or bite on the treated tooth until you have had it restored by your dentist.  The unrestored tooth is susceptible to fracture, so you should see your dentist for a full restoration as soon as possible.  Otherwise, you need only practice good oral hygiene, including brushing, flossing, and regular checkups and cleanings.  Properly cared for, most endodontically treated teeth last as long as other natural teeth.

Will The Tooth Need Any Special Care Or Additional Treatment After Endodontic Treatment?

You should not chew or bite on the treated tooth until you have had it restored by your dentist. The unrestored tooth is susceptible to fracture, so you should see your dentist for a full restoration as soon as possible. Otherwise, you need only practice good oral hygiene, including brushing, flossing, and regular checkups and cleanings. Properly cared for, most endodontically treated teeth last as long as other natural teeth. 

Will I Need To Return To Your Office For Additional Visits?

Once endodontic therapy is completed your tooth should be examined periodically, usually every 6 - 12 months.  This allows us to make sure the tooth has healed or is healing properly.  You will be sent a notice in the mail when we feel it is appropriate to reevaluate the area.  Since an abscess may take 2 years to heal, our office will reevaluate the tooth for at least 2 years.