What Are the Benefits of Visiting an Endodontist?
If you are suffering from any tooth related problem, then visit JC Endodontics, our experienced endodontists can help to diagnose tooth pain and better explain the treatment process. To learn more about our services, please contact us or book an appointment online. We are located at 200 W 57th St #808, New York, NY 10019.
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When you need significant work done on your teeth, such as a root canal, it is often worth it to see the dental professional with the most qualifications, experience, and expertise. When it comes to root canals, that dental professional is an endodontist. Learn more about the benefits of visiting an endodontist below!
The main reason you would need to see an endodontist is if you need a root canal. If you’re experiencing any of the following, your dentist may refer you to see an endodontist for root canal therapy:
• Significant tooth pain and sensitivity to heat and cold
• Bacterial infection in the tooth pulp, which is the innermost portion of your tooth that houses its nerves and blood vessels
• Tooth injury, especially if the tooth gets dislodged or totally knocked out from its socket
• Chipped or fractured tooth, particularly if a large portion of the tooth is missing and exposes the tooth pulp to bacteria
Endodontists are highly skilled dentists who specialize in the diagnosis and treatment of tooth pain and have particular expertise in performing root canal treatment. Endodontists can also perform various oral surgeries, such as apicoectomy, where an endodontist removes the root tip of the tooth and surrounding tissue, filling in the empty cavity with a cement-like, biocompatible material.
Endodontists have more experience and expertise in performing root canals than general dentists. Whereas general dentists typically perform around two root canals per week, endodontists often perform around four or five per day. General dentists can perform routine root canals with straightforward issues. However, they will almost always refer you to an endodontist if you have any significant complications that could cause potential issues with treatment.
With that in mind, you can go to either an endodontist or general dentist for root canal therapy, but an endodontist may provide higher quality services. Moreover, your dentist may end up referring you to an endodontist at the end of the day anyway if you have complex issues with the tooth needing root canal treatment.
During your first visit to an endodontic clinic, your endodontist will ask you some questions about your medical history and perform a pulpal examination. With the pulpal examination, your endodontist may use a cone-beam computed tomography (CBCT) scan to examine the infected tissue and see if the tooth can be saved or should be extracted and replaced with an artificial tooth. Your endodontist will review the results of the scan with you. They may also conduct manual tests like tapping to determine the sensitivity of your teeth.
After the testing and scanning, your endodontist will make a diagnosis and go over your treatment options. If your tooth can be saved, your endodontist will likely recommend and make preparations for a root canal procedure. The goal of all endodontic treatment is to relieve pain, save your teeth, and protect your surrounding gums and teeth.
If possible, your endodontist will begin treatment on your first visit. Treatment will begin with the endodontist administering local anesthesia to the treatment area so you feel no pain during the root canal. The procedure will take between 30 to 60 minutes and should not cause any significant discomfort.
After the procedure, your endodontist will provide instructions on how to care for the treatment area as it heals and what you might expect. They will also give instructions on follow-up appointments to evaluate the results of treatment and any other necessary interventions.
While root canal therapy may have a reputation as a painful procedure, it has many benefits and dental technology has advanced to virtually eliminate any pain patients experience during the procedure. With that in mind, here are some benefits of root canal therapy:
• Boosts oral health
• Enhances teeth aesthetics
• Prevents infection of nearby teeth
• Prevents jawbone degeneration
• Prevents tooth loss
If you need a root canal or other endodontic treatment, an endodontist is the best dental professional to see. We welcome you to learn more about our services at JC Endodontics or schedule an appointment with our endodontists through our website or by calling us! We are located at 200 W 57th St #808, New York, NY 10019. We serve patients from all parts of NYC – Manhattan, Queens and Brooklyn; including Midtown Manhattan, Hells Kitchen, Theatre District, Upper East Side Manhattan, Upper West Side Manhattan, Financial District Manhattan, Wall Street area, Williamsburg Brooklyn, Fort Greene, Brooklyn Heights, Green Point Brooklyn, Astoria Queens, Long Island City NY, and surrounding areas.