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When is a Root Canal Specialist Needed?

May 1, 2023

What is a root canal specialist?

A root canal specialist, also known as an endodontist, is a type of dentist that specifically performs root canal procedures. They specialize in the diagnosis, treatment, and disease prevention of the dental pulp of the teeth. The pulp is a mass of connective tissue that resides within the center of the tooth, directly beneath the layer of dentin.

Root canal specialists also perform surgeries and dental implant procedures. The advantage of going to a specialist is that they have access to advanced medical equipment and a high rate of success with their treatments. They can also help patients manage pain and adhere to a post-procedure treatment plan.

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What happens during a root canal?

A root canal is a type of dental treatment that restores a tooth that has become extremely decayed and inflamed or infected deep inside the pulp. In this procedure, a root canal specialist will remove the inflamed pulp, and the inside of the tooth is carefully and thoroughly cleaned. Then, the tooth is filled with gutta-percha, a rubber-like material that seals the tooth. Finally, your root canal specialist will place a crown to protect the tooth and restore it back to its normal function. After the procedure is done, patients are able to continue with their normal eating habits. Proper dental care and good hygiene will ensure that the results from the root canal lasts.

When to schedule an appointment with a root canal specialist?

While a regular dentist is able to perform a root canal procedure, there are advantages to choosing an endodontist. They have supplemental education and exceptional equipment required to deliver a successful procedure. They are also better equipped to handle more complicated issues that can arise with root canals. 

The signs of a dental issue that should be seen immediately by a root canal specialist include tooth pain, sensitivity to hot and cold temperatures, swelling, redness, bleeding around the gums, and an injury to the teeth.

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