Endodontists: experts at saving teeth and diagnosing dental pain
Endodontics is the specialty of dentistry concerned with the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of disorders that impact the tooth’s blood and nerve supply, also referred to as dental pulp. Your tooth has three different layers: a hard, outer layer known as the enamel; an inner layer called dentin, and a soft tissue center known as pulp — which contains vessels, nerves and connective tissue that help sustain the tooth. When pulp becomes inflamed or infected, pressure and infection can begin to build within the tooth, causing pain and resulting in dental disease if left untreated. The study of endodontics has given specialists a safe and effective means of saving damaged teeth. At Monument Endodontics & Periodontics, are skilled endodontists are experts in endodontic treatment.
Endodontists are dentists that specialize in saving teeth and are committed to helping you maintain your natural smile. Their expertise, techniques, and state-of-the-art technologies ensure you receive the highest quality care that yields the best result.
While all endodontists are dentists, less than three percent of dentists are endodontists. Endodontists are specialists because they’ve completed an additional two or more years of training beyond dental school. Their additional training focuses on diagnosing tooth pain and performing root canal treatment and other procedures relating to the interior of the tooth. In many cases, a diseased tooth can be saved with endodontic treatment. For this reason, endodontists proudly refer to themselves as Specialists in Saving Teeth.
About Endodontic Therapy
A local anesthetic will be given. A sheet of latex called the “rubber dam” (non-latex available) will be placed around the tooth to isolate it, keeping it clean and dry during treatment. The treatment consists of three or four basic steps, but the number of visits will depend on your particular case. Most treatments require only a single visit. In any case, it depends on the degree of infection/inflammation and degree of treatment difficulty.
Root canal treatment, or endodontic therapy, have a very high degree of success. Most studies place success rates well above 90%. We will discuss with you the chances of success before any endodontic procedure to help you make an informed decision.
Once endodontic therapy is completed, your tooth should be examined periodically (usually every 6 – 12 months). This allows us to ensure that 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.
Occasionally a tooth that has undergone endodontic treatment fails to heal, or the pain persists despite therapy. Although rare, sometimes a tooth initially responds to root canal therapy but becomes painful or diseased months or years later. When either of these situations occur, the tooth often can be maintained with a second endodontic treatment.