Toothaches and tooth pain can really ruin your day. When it hurts to munch on your favorite snack or sip your morning coffee, it may be time to book your appointment. Although it’s something you may want to put off, it’s important to visit the dentist as soon as possible!
What may feel like a simple cavity actually might be a deeper issue. In some cases, your tooth could be in real danger.
When a diseased tooth is causing you pain, dental specialists called endodontists use their extensive knowledge and training to save your natural smile.
May is National Save Your Tooth Month! Raise awareness by learning more about endodontics, the warning signs, and how you can play your part in protecting your pearly whites.
Who exactly is an endodontist? According to the American Association of Endodontists, less than three percent of dentists are endodontists. This specialty requires two additional years of training on top of dental school.
Endodontists study diseases that affect the dental pulp. Beneath the outer layers of your tooth is a pulp that contains blood vessels, nerves, and connective tissue. Once infected, it can create inflammation and abscesses that cause pain.
Using their skills, they do everything in their power to locate the source of the tooth pain, make a diagnosis, and save your tooth before it’s too late.
Endodontists are also experts in managing your pain during your procedure. They work hard to make sure you are comfortable and your infected area is properly numbed.
And best of all, you’ll be free of the pain once everything heals!
Why Do You Need an Endodontist?
It may be easier to ignore the pain or request a tooth pull instead. However, there are a few reasons why it’s better to get infections treated sooner rather than later.
The biggest reason is that it’s best to save your natural teeth. Pulling your tooth may seem like a quick and easy solution. However, this decision can lead to a variety of complications. You may develop biting issues, teeth alignment problems, or lose confidence in your smile. Also, nothing will feel the same as your natural teeth!
Endodontists work to solve the “root” of the problem. Thanks to modern technology and advancements, root canals and other procedures are not as painful as they were decades ago.
When You Should See a Specialist
According to WebMD, your dentist may refer you to an endodontist for the following reasons:
- Traumatic tooth injury
- Chip or fracture
- Bacterial infection or inflammation
- Tooth pain or ache
Please note that the reasons listed above aren’t the only reasons for referral. Your dental care provider will determine if you need further care. If your dentist referred you to a specialist for endodontic problems, go as soon as possible after the referral.
If you want that toothache looked at, Great Expressions Dental Centers has a talented network of endodontists and specialty centers at your disposal.
Make an appointment today with one of our smile superheroes and save your smile!