Frequently Asked Questions:
- What is an endodontist?
- Endodontists are experts at diagnosing and relieving oral and facial pain. They are dental specialists who have completed dental school and have studied for up to an additional three years in an accredited advanced specialty education program in endodontics. Because they are specialists, they limit their practices to endodontics. They perform routine as well as difficult and very complex endodontic procedures, including endodontic surgery and the treatment of traumatic dental injuries.
- Why do I need and endodontic procedure?
- Endodontic treatment is necessary when the pulp, the soft tissue inside the root canal, becomes inflamed or infected. The inflammation or infection can have a variety of causes: deep decay, repeated dental procedures on the tooth, or a crack or chip in the tooth. In addition, an injury to a tooth may cause pulp damage even if the tooth has no visible chips or cracks. If pulp inflammation or infection is left untreated, it can cause pain or lead to an abscess.
- Will I feel pain during or after the procedure?
Many endodontic procedures are performed to relieve the pain of toothaches caused by pulp inflammation or infection. With modern techniques and anesthetics, most patients report that they are comfortable during the procedure.
For the first few days after treatment, your tooth may feel sensitive, especially if there was pain or infection before the procedure. This discomfort can be relieved with over-the-counter or prescription medications. Follow your endodontist's instructions carefully.
Your tooth may continue to feel slightly different from your other teeth for some time after your endodontic treatment is completed. However, if you have moderate to severe pain that lasts more than a few days, call your endodontist.
- Do I need to see my General Dentist after I'm done with the procedure?
- After the final visit with your endodontist, you must return to your dentist to have a crown or other restoration placed on the tooth to protect and restore it to full function.
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