At Family Dental, we are proud to offer our patients the convenience of having an endodontist on our staff. This means you don’t have to be referred out to a separate office for endodontic procedures.
An endodontist is one of the dental specialties recognized by the American Dental Association (ADA). In order to get this certification, a dentist completes two to three additional years of specialist training in addition to their dental degree. They also have to be licensed as a specialist by the state in which they practice, which involves staying up-to-date with continuing education training.
Simply put, an endodontist is a dentist who specializes in caring for the inside of your teeth. (The prefix “endo” means “inside” & “odont” means “tooth”.) The inside of a tooth is important because that’s where the root of your tooth is located, within minute canals called root canals. The root contains the tooth pulp, which is a term used to refer to the tissues, including nerves & blood vessels, that nourish your tooth & keep it alive.
The most common procedure an endodontist performs is root canal therapy, which involves restoring & often saving a tooth whose root has become inflamed, swollen & painful. The tooth root can become inflamed by untreated tooth decay that has penetrated into the tooth or from injury, such as an impact to the face during sports or an accident.
In order to relieve the pain & save the tooth, the endodontist will clear out the infected or damaged pulp from the root canal. The root canal is then filled with a sterile, biocompatible material that protects the tooth from any future infections.
Root canals are no longer the ordeal that common myth makes them out to be. With today’s modern technologies & techniques, endodontists can perform root canal therapies that involve much less discomfort. The pain of an ongoing toothache could be much worse than the temporary discomfort of having a tooth treated & rescued by an endodontist.