Endodontists are dental specialists who are highly trained in diagnosing and treating tooth pain and performing root canal treatments. They are dentists who have sought additional training and experience after finishing dental school, allowing them to specialize in the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of disorders that affect the inside of the tooth. Endodontists can perform several procedures, such as root canal treatments and root canal retreatments, that can save a tooth that becomes reinfected after an initial root canal. Root canal treatments are a special procedure designed to save an infected or decayed tooth.
Endodontists are trained to perform complex root canal treatments, such as treating teeth with complicated anatomy. This type of treatment is necessary when the pulp of the tooth becomes infected or inflamed due to decay or injury. The process of a root canal treatment involves removing the infected pulp from the inside of the tooth, cleaning it out, and then filling it with a special material. The tooth is then sealed with a crown or other restoration to protect it from further damage.
The entire process usually takes two or three visits to the endodontist's office. Endodontists are also trained to diagnose and treat other conditions that affect the inside of the tooth, such as cracked teeth, abscesses, and cysts. They can also perform surgical procedures such as apicoectomies and hemisections. If you are experiencing tooth pain or discomfort, it is important to see an endodontist as soon as possible.
An endodontist can diagnose the cause of your pain and recommend the best course of treatment for your particular situation.