Endodontist

Endodontists are dental specialists that focus on the pulp (nerve) and root of teeth. Typically you will be referred to one if you are a candidate for a root canal. Their main job is to preserve your natural teeth and lessen dental pain.

Should I See an Endodontist?

Prolonged tooth pain, particularly while eating and using pressure on the area, is a common sign it’s time to make an endodontic appointment. Some other things to look out for include:

  • Teeth sensitivity to hot and cold
  • Darkening of the tooth
  • Tenderness or swelling in the gums near a bothersome tooth

Getting a Root Canal

Root Canal ProcedureWhile the thought of a root canal may be frightening, it is a very common procedure. Endodontists go through extra schooling and certification to ensure they are able to handle root canals and other endodontic procedures.

The process of getting a root canal generally follows these steps and can be completed by either a dentist or endodontist based on the severity of the case:

  1. The dentist will take x-rays to assess the damage to the tooth.
  2. The dentist will administer local anesthetic to numb the area and prevent any discomfort.
  3. The dentist then makes an opening in the crown of the tooth and uses tools to clean out decayed pulp.
  4. Depending on the particular patient, the dentist may leave the tooth open to drain before it is filled or sealed, or they may put a temporary filling in the tooth.

Other Endodontic Treatments

  • Endodontic Retreatment: If your root canal therapy fails the first time, your dentist may need to reopen the filling and inspect what went wrong. This is very rare (root canal therapy has a 90% success rate), however it may be necessary if your treatment doesn’t heal or pain persists.
  • Pulp Vitality Testing: This technique diagnoses the overall health of your teeth’s pulp, and shows your endodontist which teeth may need a root canal or other procedure.
  • Apicoectomy: Used as a last resort for teeth that are too decayed to be treated with a root canal, this procedure removes the damaged pulp and the tip of the root. It is also referred to as a root end resection.

Schedule Your Endodontist Appointment Today

Colorado Endodontic Group logoPanorama Dental works closely with Colorado Endodontic Group to provide a range of endodontic services in-house to our patients. Our specialists and dentists work hand-in-hand to ensure you are receiving the treatment that’s best for you. We also provide sedation options if you need them.

Call us at 303-755-8388 or fill out our appointment request form to make your appointment today! Emergency dental services are available if your pain is extreme and your appointment can’t wait.