When to See an Endodontist

If you’re experiencing tooth pain or sensitivity, suspect a cracked tooth or suffered dental trauma, or your dentist recommended root canal treatment, you should see an endodontist who specializes in diagnosing and treating tooth pain.

What Is Root Canal Treatment

Root canal treatment is an often straightforward procedure to relieve dental pain and save your teeth. Patients typically need a root canal when there is inflammation or infection in the roots of a tooth. During root canal treatment, an endodontist who specializes in such treatment carefully removes the pulp inside the tooth, cleans, disinfects and shapes the root canals, and places a filling to seal the space.

The Benefits of Saving Your Natural Teeth

Nothing looks, feels or functions like your natural teeth, and endodontists are the experts in saving teeth. Keep smiling and eating the foods you love with endodontic treatment that can relieve your pain and save your teeth.

Here are some tips for saving your teeth:

  • When given a choice between tooth extraction and root canal treatment, always opt for a root canal. No denture, bridge or implant will look, feel and function as well as a natural tooth.
  • Act immediately when you experience symptoms of swelling or pain. Most endodontists can accommodate emergency cases, even on weekends, ensuring you’ll be seen quickly.
  • If your dentist recommends tooth extraction, ask whether the root canal is an option.

Nothing looks, feels or functions like your natural tooth. Regular brushing and flossing, along with six-month check-ups from you dentist, can help you keep your teeth for a lifetime.

Sometimes your teeth may have infection or disease and will need additional care. When possible, you should always consider treatments to save your teeth. You may think, why not have a tooth pulled, especially if no one can see it, but you will know your tooth is missing and it will negatively impact your quality of life.

Don’t get a tooth pulled because you think its easier or more cost-effective. Missing teeth can cause other teeth to shift, affect your ability to properly chew and ruin your smile. Tooth extraction often is more painful than the infection itself, and replacing an extracted tooth with an artificial one requires additional dental visits that can quickly add up.

Modern endodontics offers advancements in technologies, procedures and materials, giving you many treatment options to save your natural teeth. It’s important to understand your choices and how they’ll impact both your tooth and your future dental health. It’s always best to retain your natural teeth whenever possible and endodontic treatment should be your first choice for the best health and cosmetic results. Endodontists are specialists in saving teeth. They can evaluate your condition and provide the best treatment plan to help you save your teeth for a lifetime.

Do you need a crown after Root Canat Treatment?

The success of endodontic treatment is not only measured by the alleviation of pain and formation of healthy bone, replacing the diseased periapical tissue. Concepts for restoring pulpless teeth have been formed more from clinical observation than valid scientific investigation. Endodontically treated posterior teeth present numerous problems because of coronal destruction from dental caries, fractures, and previous restorations or endodontic techniques. The result is loss of tooth structure and a reduction in the capacity of the tooth to resist a myriad of intraoral forces.

Whether full cast crowns, especially in posterior teeth, are really mandatory or not after endodontic treatment has been a subject of debate for sometime now. The literature has a lot of contradictory reviews regarding this issue; while some clinicians maintain that endodontic treatment in posterior teeth should be considered complete only when the tooth is protected by full cast crown, others are convinced that all endodontically treated teeth do not require full cast crown protection, and it should be considered only in certain specific cases where the caries destruction and tooth structure loss has been extensive.

Most clinicians, however, do agree that endodontically treated teeth become brittle after sometime because of the physical changes in the dentine of pulpless teeth, which reduce its toughness. More recently it has been recognized that the key change is the loss of structural tissue from tooth, which is capable of holding the tooth together under functional load. This is specially so for posterior teeth where wedging force comes into play more than in other segment of oral cavity.