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Endodontists are root canal specialist dentists. In other words, they specialize in the maintenance of teeth during endodontic therapy, that is, a procedure involving the soft inner tissue of the teeth called the pulp.
'Endodontic' is a Greek word, where 'endo' means inside and 'odont' means tooth.
All general dentists are trained to diagnose and treat a tooth requiring endodontic treatment; however, some teeth may be difficult to treat and are hence referred to an endodontist.
Endodontists undergo additional training in root canal procedures and treatment after completing their basic dental education. They are hence better equipped to treat difficult endodontic cases, and for this reason, many dentists refer their patients to endodontists.
The branch of endodontics offers different types of Endodontic treatments, which include:
A root canal procedure is the most common type of treatment performed by endodontic specialists. A root canal treatment is needed when the pulp of the tooth is infected due to untreated tooth decay or a dental injury. This procedure is usually done under local anesthesia. It involves drilling the tooth to get access to the pulp chamber, removal of the infected pulp, cleaning and shaping of the root canals, replacing the pulp tissue by an inert filling material and sealing the tooth against reinfection. Root canal treatment is usually extremely effective in saving the natural tooth from extraction and may cause only a mild or absolutely no discomfort to the patient.
Endodontists generally take up cases referred to them by the general dentists, where there maybe some kind of complications making the treatment a little difficult.
Endodontists also routinely perform surgical procedures like apicoectomy, repeat root canal treatments, and/or dental trauma cases.
Endodontists are also skilled enough to diagnose whether a complicated case warrants an extraction of the tooth or saving the tooth by a root canal procedure is still a viable option.
With an increase in awareness about the importance f saving the natural tooth as far as possible an Endodontists contribution to dentistry is invaluable.
Endodontists and general dentists are both trained to perform a root canal treatment.
However, endodontists may perform many more root canal procedures as compared to a general dentist in a stipulated time. This may be contributed to the fact that a general dentist generally performs other routine dental procedures as well, while an endodontist usually exclusively performs endodontic procedures.
On average, a general dentist tends to refer half of their root canal cases to an endodontist.
Endodontists are also well trained to handle pain management during a root canal procedure. Endodontists may help you in cases of trouble during local anesthesia, a tooth having too much infection, a tooth with unusual anatomy, in repeat root canal cases, in surgical procedures like apicoectomy.
Generally speaking, Endodontists are well trained to handle any kind of an unusual finding in root canal procedures and have the expertise in the handling of difficult cases making the whole experience comfortable and pain-free for the patient.
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