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A standard general dentist is able to treat various problems of all sorts while an endodontist specifically works on the treatment of soft tissues, mainly infected dental pulp. An endodontist typically performs an endodontics root canal treatment to treat those with infected dental pulp. We are general dentists that have special interests in endodontics therefore treat a lot of root canal treatments with LASERS
It is common for people to ask the question, “Why would I need an endodontist for an endodontics root canal when a general dentist can also perform the same task?” Endodontist can do very difficult root canal treatments that a general dentist cannot do with special equipment. If for whatever reason we cannot solve your root canal problem we would refer you to a specialist endodontist.
As mentioned, endodontics involves the treatment of several common problems, which includes sensitive teeth, dental pulp infection, cracked teeth, and traumatised teeth. An endodontist focuses only on cases that can be classified as an endodontic procedure. They spend most of their day analyzing and researching all problems related to dental pulp infection and damaged teeth.
The dental pulp is located inside of the roots of a tooth. This pulp contains all of the nutrients, blood vessels, and nerves needed for a healthy tooth. If this pulp is infected, then it is only natural that the health of the tooth will decline until it eventually falls out. An endodontist will perform an endodontics root canal to save the tooth from total decay. The endodontics root canal involves the removal of the damaged pulp, which is replaced with a filling that provides the same functionality as the original pulp.
An endodontics root canal treatment will be used if the dental pulp is either infected with bacteria or inflamed. Typically a lack of oral hygiene is the main reason an endodontics root canal has to be done in the first place, so be sure to brush and floss twice daily to avoid this problem from developing. Gum disease, misaligned teeth, malocclusion, and fractures can all allow bacteria to enter the teeth and infect the pulp as well.
Discolouration, tooth sensitivity, gum recession, and tooth pain are all sure signs that you need an endodontics root canal treatment, though our endodontist will be able to tell for sure during your examination. If you need this procedure done then you can expect a wither a one visit or a two visit procedure.
The first visit will start with an endodontist cutting through the top of your teeth down into the roots where the infection lies. The infected pulp will be removed from the pulp chamber in order to refill it. It may take a few weeks for the fluid to leak out completely, so you may have to leave with a temporary cap on your teeth until it has drained. Medications may be used to aid in the drainage process.
The second endodontics root canal visit will involve the removal of the temporary cap and filling of the pulp chamber. First, the chamber will be cleaned out entirely and then the special filling will be placed inside of it and sealed in for good. A permanent cap is then applied to the top of the tooth. It should stay healthy for a long time if you brush, floss, and visit the dentist for a cleaning at least once every six months.
If you need any questions answered about endodontist, endodontics root canal, or any other topic related to general or cosmetic dentistry then contact us on 02 9268 0778 or use the contact us form so that we can get in touch with you.