In this blog, we are going to outline what an endodontist is. There are many different types of dentists, and each type serves a specific purpose. Let's jump right in.
What is an endodontist?
According to the American Association of Endodontists (AAE), endodontists are highly skilled dental specialists in diagnosing and treating tooth pain and performing root canal treatment. They specialize in treating the infected pulp or the nerve of a tooth, plus the infected areas around the bone that supports the tooth.
Endodontists attend a residency school for typically two to three years after they graduate from dental school.
What Does an Endodontist Do?
Many people ask, what does an endodontist do? An endodontist performs many different endodontic functions. The main purpose of an endodontist is to help people with tooth pain because of dead / necrotic nerves. Three common Endodontic treatments include:
- Root Canal Treatment
When a patient's tooth is inflamed, an endodontist can perform what is called a pulpectomy. This is done by drilling a hole through the top of the tooth, cleaning any infections inside, taking out the nerve, removing moisture in the tooth chamber, and inserting a medicated paste that helps the tooth heal properly. This is the first stage of a root canal.
Deeper than a pulpectomy, an apicoectomy happens with an endondontist opens up the gum tissue surrounding the tooth to view the bone that the tooth is connected to in order to remove infected tissue. In this process, the endodontist also removes the very tip of the root. In addition, a small filling may be added to seal the end of the root canal. To seal the gums, a few stitches may be added to assist in healing the tissue.
Root Canal Treatment
During a root canal treatment, an endodontist starts by opening the nerve chamber with a tiny drill to be able to get to the nerve. Next, an endodontist will remove any infected nerves, cleans the nerve, and shapes the canal if needed. Next, the nerve is dried and filled with a cement and gutta percha that totally seals the tooth from bacteria.
How to Avoid Going to an Endodontist
While avoiding an endodontist is certainly not guaranteed, with proper self care and by visiting a dentist regularly for dental cleanings and checkups, you will decrease the likelihood of needing an endodontist. It's also very important to brush your teeth twice a day or more, floss daily, and use mouthwash.
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