Let’s face it. No one likes going to the dentist, so a referral to an endodontist may feel like yet another opportunity for a less-than-pleasant experience in your oral health journey.
More Than a Fancy Word for “Dentist”
Let’s start with what sets an endodontist apart from your general dentist. We begin life as dentists, but then we complete two-year programs of specialized education and training in conditions that cause tooth pain. Some of the most common types of pain that we treat are:
- Sensitivity to heat and cold
- Pain caused by infection and damage inside the tooth
We Excel When Things Go Awry
You brush, floss, have annual cleanings and do everything that is recommended to take care of your teeth and gums, yet one day it happens. You feel a pain in your teeth, and you imagine the worst. You spend hours trying to ignore the pain or find some easy home remedy, but eventually you know that you need to speak with your dentist. Don’t give up hope, yet, though, because an endodontist excels when things go awry. Our purpose in the field of oral health is to find the root cause of your pain and treat it with the most conservative solution possible.
We are Super Heroes that Save Teeth
Yep. That’s right. Our goal is to save your teeth, and we feel passionate about our mission. The field of endodontics is constantly evolving, and our patients benefit from advanced techniques and technologies. Compared to years in the past, we can now save more teeth while decreasing patient discomfort and risk of complications.
We Specialize in Root Canals
Root canals are one of the most anxiety-ridden dental procedures for any patient, but sometimes they are necessary to save your teeth. The good news is that we specialize in root canals.
Root Canals are Not the Most Painful Dental Procedures
Pain is what brought you to our practice, so you might be worried that you will experience a new and unique type of pain after a root canal. This is one of the most common misperceptions about root canals. Sure, when the first dental instrument for root canals was introduced in 1838 by Edwin Maynard, it got the job done, but patient comfort was not a top priority. Let us also remember that in 1725, endodontic procedures were performed with oil and cloves. In other words, the technology and tools that we use today far exceed what was available as the field of endodontics was evolving as a complementary therapy to general dentistry. Today’s patient enjoys superior results, fewer complications and excellent comfort during and after the procedure. In fact, most patients need only non-narcotic medications for the first few days after a root canal.
We Do More Than Root Canals
Endodontists do more than root canals. We perform procedures and treatments that repair damage inside the tooth that may be caused by:
- Trauma fractures
- Calcium deposits
- Bone loss
- Abnormalities in the root and bone
Learn More About Endodontics
If you have been referred to an endodontist, we are here to help. Our endodontists specialize in root canals and other procedures that save teeth, and we strive to make every patient experience positive and beneficial. Contact us today to schedule an appointment.