What is an Endodontist?
An Endodontist is a dental professional who focuses on the care and treatment of the dental pulp, which is the soft material at the center of the tooth that contains the nerves, blood vessels, and connective tissues. Endodontics is a term which simply means "inside the tooth." The main goal of an endodontist is to save a natural tooth from needing to be pulled out (extracted) as a result of infection or injury.
A general dentist will typically refer a patient to an endodontist in cases when damage to the dental pulp and surrounding tissue is severe or a root canal procedure is beyond the scope of the general dentist's area of expertise.
What is a root canal procedure?
A root canal is one of the most common treatments a general dentist or endodontist performs. In a root canal procedure, the endodontist removes damaged pulp from the root canal (the natural cavity inside the tooth that contains the pulp). This saves the root from being extracted and allows it to remain functional.
Although root canals were historically known for being painful, modern dentistry allows for high levels of comfort during most sedation surgery procedures. A root canal may be performed as a sedation surgery, which means the patient is put under general anesthesia and is asleep during the procedure. Most root canals last for the life of the tooth without requiring further treatment.
What other procedures does an Endodontist perform?
Endodontists are skilled in a range of techniques to treat and remove damaged pulp including vital pulp therapy, which helps aid in the regeneration of pulp and dentin. An Endodontist may also perform full or partial extractions and surgically place dental implants (an authentic-looking artiﬁcial tooth that is permanently inserted in the jaw or gum). An Endodontist can also bleach teeth to even out discoloration caused by infection or injury.
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