If your dentist believes you may need a root canal, they will typically refer you to an endodontist. This type of dentist specializes in treating the pulp (nerve) and root of teeth, focusing on preserving the natural teeth you have and eliminating dental pain.
Should I See an Endodontist?
The most common symptom that calls for endodontic attention is tooth pain, especially while eating or when pressure is applied to the offending area. Some other signs you may need specialized treatment include:
- Swollen or tender gums
- Lingering pain and sensitivity to hot and cold
- Discoloration of your tooth
- A small, pimple-like bump on the gums near the area of the affected tooth
Root Canal Treatment
Root canal procedures are routine, safe and non-invasive. They are most often performed by an endodontist or dentist.
The process follows these basic steps:
- X-rays are taken so your dentist can take a closer look to determine the scope of the procedure and depth of infection.
- A local anesthetic will be used to numb the area.
- Your dentist will make an access hole in the top of your tooth.
- Through this access hole, the dentist removes all the affected pulp, or nerve, from your tooth.
- Your tooth is sealed. In certain instances, this is done on the same day. Sometimes, however, the tooth is left open to drain for a few days.
More Endodontic Treatments
- Endodontic Retreatment: Root canal therapy is generally over 90% successful, but it is possible for things to go wrong like a tooth failing to heal or pain not going away. This calls for a retreatment where your endodontist will reopen your tooth to gain access to the filling and see what further action needs to be taken.
- Pulp Vitality Testing: This treatment allows your endodontist to determine if a root canal or other procedure is necessary by evaluating the overall health of your teeth’s pulp. The test will show problem areas as well as healthy ones.
- Apicoectomy: Also called a root end resection, this is a last resort treatment for especially problematic teeth that root canals aren’t suitable for. It takes away the decayed pulp and tip of the root in order to save the tooth.
Schedule an Appointment with our Endodontist
Windsor Family Dentistry and Colorado Endodontic Group work closely to offer a full spectrum of endodontic treatments under one roof. We are happy to provide professional, customized treatment for your specific needs. Sedation options are also available.