An Endodontist is a dentist with special training in endodontic procedures. To become specialists they complete dental school with additional two or more years of endodontic training. Endodontists perform routine as well as difficult and very complex endodontic procedures, including root canal retreatment and endodontic surgery.
Endodontics, also known as root canal therapy, is a dental specialty which involves the diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of oral pain and disease that originate within the tooth. Endodontics is one of the nine specialties recognized by the American Dental Association; it was recognized as a dental specialty in 1963.
Endodontic treatment is necessary when the pulp of the tooth becomes inflamed or infected. Signs of pulp damage include pain, prolonged sensitivity to heat, cold or pressure, discoloration of the tooth and swelling and tenderness in the nearby gums. Sometimes there are no symptoms but the radiograph is suspicious. Root canal treatment can save your natural teeth and prevent the need of dental implants or bridges and has a 95% success rate.
Root canal therapy is performed under local anesthesia and is completed in one or more visits depending on the treatment required. If your tooth is not amenable to endodontic treatment or the chance of success in unfavorable, you will be informed at the time of consultation or when a complication becomes evident during the treatment. You will be able to drive home after treatment and you will in all probability be comfortable returning to your normal routine.
All procedures in our office are performed with a surgical microscope. Surgical microscopes have fast become standard equipment in Endodontics and we use this invaluable adjunct to ensure a more thorough and successful result. We utilize digital radiography not only for the high reduction in X-ray exposure, but for the benefits it provides. A large radiographic image when seen on our computer monitor becomes an invaluable aid in diagnosing and patient communication.