EndodontistPort Orange, FL
An endodontist is a specialist who focuses on treating issues, diseases, and conditions that affect the innermost layer of the tooth, the dental pulp. They specialize in managing and maintaining patients’ teeth through endodontic treatments such as root canals, tooth extractions, botox, and dental implants. An endodontist can treat conditions from infected pulp to dysfunctioning tooth roots. Aside from oral treatment, our procedures offer general health benefits that can reduce symptoms of other conditions.
At Sondra Avant DDS, we offer endodontic treatments for patients experiencing toothaches, tender gums, broken or cracked teeth, or are looking to treat oral conditions affecting their sleep or general health. Our team can diagnose problem areas, identify their causes, and design a custom treatment plan. To learn more about a procedure or schedule an appointment, call (386) 304-4620 today.
What an Endodontist Does
As endodontics focuses on more intensive issues, patients are typically referred to an endodontist for a specific procedure(s). However, a patient can go directly to an endodontist after enduring a blow to the face, having a tooth knocked out of place, or experiencing symptoms indicating an inner-tooth condition. Endodontics consists of a wide variety of procedures, with root canals being the most common.
An average endodontist performs 25 root canals and several surgeries or intensive procedures a week. They focus primarily on matters concerning the dental pulp, endodontic surgeries and procedures, traumatic or emergency dental injuries, and dental implants. An endodontist can also perform any treatments a general dentist performs, such as routine cleanings and cavity fillings.
Conditions an Endodontist Treats
Endodontists can treat conditions such as decaying teeth and roots, infected pulps, and damaged gum and soft tissues. The primary goal with root canal treatments and retreatments is to save the compromised tooth. When a root canal treatment is not enough to save a tooth or its roots, surgery may be needed.
According to the American Association of Endodontics, endodontic surgeries are generally necessary to locate small fractures or hidden canals previously undetected on X-rays, remove calcium deposits in root canals, or to treat damaged root surfaces or the surrounding bone of the tooth. They also diagnose and treat oral and facial pain, toothaches, oral trauma, and cracked or displaced teeth.
Symptoms Indicating a Need for Endodontic Treatment
Many patients feel pain or discomfort surrounding a particular tooth or overall pain in one area, usually indicating an infected root or pulp. Though a general dentist may find signs of excessive decay, they will not be able to provide the level or treatment that an endodontist can. However, there are certain symptoms that call for endodontic treatment, including:
- Sensitivity to hot and cold
- Involved in an accident that caused facial trauma
- Swelling around the teeth, gums, or face
- Pus discharge
- Tooth discoloration
- Difficulty or pain when chewing
An endodontist may perform root treatments by dividing a tooth in half and repairing an injured root; replacing one or more roots; replanting a root or tooth; or replacing or capping the pulp to prevent further damage. As an endodontist, we provide emergency root canals in advanced cases requiring immediate attention.
Aside from root canal and emergency root treatment, endodontists can perform many other procedures including but not limited to:
- Extracting teeth
- Installing dental implants
- Performing apicoectomies (surgeries that extract the tip of a tooth’s roots)
- Repairing pulp damage
- Providing treatment for infections and severe decay
- Saving teeth that have been cracked or damaged from injury or trauma
Benefits of Endodontic Treatment
The greatest benefit of endodontic treatment is the excessive effort endodontists put into saving teeth. Endodontists are considered specialists as they have two to three years of additional training and advanced experience in treating complicated cases. The experience they receive focuses on diagnosing tooth pain and executing treatments that target the root cause of the problem, not only surface-level conditions.
In this way, endodontic treatments leave patients feeling better than before the procedure. Most treatments also prevent other complications from arising as decay and infection are completely and thoroughly removed and sealed. Lastly, endodontic treatments can improve the appearance and prevent the need for tooth extraction.
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Endodontic treatments are available at our office. Our team looks forward to treating you and relieving any pain or symptoms you may be experiencing. Call our office at (386) 304-4620 to learn more or schedule an appointment.
Frequently Asked Questions About Endodontists
What is the difference between a general dentist and an endodontist?
The main difference between a general dentist and an endodontist is that an endodontist provides specialized treatment for advanced cases of dental infection and damage. A general or family dentist focuses primarily on general dental care needs such as cleanings and fillings while an endodontist’s focus lies in diagnosing and treating tooth pain at the root. This is where endodontists get their second name, root canal specialists. The average endodontist performs 25 root canals a week while a general dentist typically does 2 a week.
What types of procedures can an endodontist do?
A endodontist continues past a general dentistry degree with 2 or 3 more years of education and expertise in the study of the tooth root. As such, they can perform all of the same procedures and treatments as a general dentist but typically focus on more intensive issues that require immediate attention. An endodontist primarily does root canal treatments but can also perform endodontic retreatments, endodontic surgeries, traumatic dental injury treatments, and dental implant treatments.
What is an endodontist’s role in a patient’s oral health journey?
Patients typically come to an endodontist after receiving trauma from an injury or have severe tooth and root decay that causes tremendous pain. They may also be referred by a general dentist when signs of severe decay are present in X-rays and physical exams. In some cases, an endodontist may be the first dentist to treat a patient from start to finish.
Why am I being sent to an endodontist?
If you are being referred or suggested to see an endodontist, it is likely because of a severely decayed, diseased, injured, or damaged tooth, pulp, or roots. This is typically due to the root chamber’s complex system consisting of multiple roots. An endodontist is better equipped and more qualified to diagnose the various conditions involving the pulp and root chambers and effectively treat them in a shorter amount of time.
Do endodontists do crowns and tooth replacements?
An endodontist’s job is to remove infection and inflammation from the pulp and root chambers. They thoroughly clean out the roots, reshape them, and seal the space with a temporary filling, followed by impressions to determine the exact size and shape of the crown. If a patient was referred, they would typically return to their general dentist for the crown. Otherwise, we have a variety of tooth replacement options for extracted teeth, compromised teeth, root canals, and implants.
Do all root canal treatments need a replacement tooth?
In most cases, we advise getting a tooth replacement, such as a permanent filling or a crown. Since part of the tooth structure is removed during treatment, root canal procedures can weaken the gums and outer tooth structure gradually over time. This is the most common cause of root canal retreatments and recurring symptoms. Nonetheless, not all root canal treatments require a tooth replacement or crown. This will be discussed prior to treatment.
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