Endodontics is a branch of dentistry that specializes in treating and caring for dental pulp and tissue that surrounds the roots of the teeth. Endodontists are specialists in saving your natural teeth. They use advanced techniques to remove diseased pulp, reduce inflammation and heal infections.
What Special Training do Endodontists Have?
Endodontists have a dental degree and have completed four years of dental school, the same as your dentist. However, to get a degree in endodontics, they must complete two to three years of graduate school. Every endodontist is a dentist, but not every dentist is an endodontist.
Their additional training focuses on diagnosing tooth pain and performing root canals. Because of this, endodontists are highly trained to save teeth. Endodontists perform root canals, root canal surgery, cracked tooth repair, and repair from traumatic injuries.
Do They Use New Technology?
Endodontics uses cutting edge technology for your teeth. The field of endodontics has embraced the latest technology, making many new advances even within the last few years.
With advanced digital imaging tools, cone beam computed tomography, and dental microscopes, they can accurately diagnose issues and treat problems effectively and with advanced pain management. Their use of advanced technology can help them find the tiniest of problem areas that can help you with your treatment.
Why Would You See an Endodontist Instead of a Dentist?
Endodontists do not perform routine exams like dentists. They do not clean teeth or apply fillings. They spend their time with root canals and other procedures designed to save your teeth. Because of this, they are highly skilled at diagnosing dental problems and treating them.
Endodontists are experts at managing pain for patients. They are highly trained in numbing medications and they can help patients who tend to have issues with feeling numb.
Endodontists understand the pain of dental problems and they work hard to ensure the comfort of their patients during procedures. And once the diseased and inflamed area is removed, the patients will experience relief from their pain.
Endodontists have two to three years of extra schooling specializing in performing root canals. Additionally, regular dentists may perform a root canal only one or two times a week, while on average, endodontist performs around 25 per week.
Because of their vast experience in doing root canals, endodontists often perform them more accurately and quicker. This means you will spend less time sitting in the dental chair.
Tooth Saving Specialists
Because of their extra training and technological advances, endodontists are known as tooth savers. Endodontists can help you avoid the need for bridges and implants. Keeping your teeth can help your smile to stay natural, and can keep your mouth feeling comfortable.
How to Choose an Endodontist
When looking for an endodontist, ask them about their experience and how long they have been in their profession. You should find an endodontist that is a member of the American Association of Endodontists.
Lone Tree Endodontists are specialist members of the AAE. Contact them today to discuss your treatment options.