An endodontist is a dentist who works with the pulp (nerve) and root of teeth. They specialize in saving your natural teeth and getting rid of dental pain. Typically you will be recommended to see an endodontist if your general dentist suspects you need a root canal.
Should I See an Endodontist?
The main reason a patient would want to see an endodontist is if they are experiencing tooth pain, particularly while eating or putting pressure on the area. You may also need to make an appointment if you have:
- Tooth discoloration
- Bad breath or foul taste in mouth
- Tenderness or swelling in the gums near a bothersome tooth
- Prolonged sensitivity to hot or cold temperatures
- Difficulty chewing without pain
Getting a Root Canal
It isn’t unusual to have reservations prior to root canal therapy, but there is no need to stress. Our endodontists specialize in root canal procedures and after assessing your situation, we can recommend the best course of action. Usually, the root canal procedure is fairly straightforward:
- First, the endodontist takes X-rays to gauge tooth damage.
- The endodontist will use an IV sedation to help reduce anxiety and discomfort.
- Then, the endodontist will make an opening in the crown of the tooth to clean out decayed pulp.
- Lastly, the tooth is sealed. Depending on the severity of decay, additional medication may be needed.
Other Endodontic Procedures
- Endodontic Retreatment: Root canal therapy is very successful most of the time (90% success rate). Still, sometimes complications can happen like an unhealed procedure or lingering pain. If this occurs, your endodontist will need to reopen the tooth to assess the problem.
- Pulp Vitality Testing: If you are a candidate for a root canal, your endodontist may perform this test to determine the overall health of your teeth’s pulp.
- Apicoectomy: This surgical procedure helps to save damaged teeth by removing the tip of the diseased root as well as the pulp. It is also referred to as a root end resection.
Schedule an Appointment with an Endodontist
Greeley Dental Health is partnered with the specialists at Colorado Endodontic Group to provide a full array of endodontic services to our patients. The specialists and dentists work together to personalize a treatment plan just for you. We also have sedation options available.