Endodontists are dental specialists that focus on diagnosing and treating tooth pain. The professionals emphasize complex dental issues, primarily diagnosing and treating conditions that affect tooth pulp. Dentists can treat tooth pain and severe infections, but endodontists have special training to diagnose and treat issues involving the inside of your tooth. You may need to visit your Midtown board certified endodontist if you have tooth pain and sensitivity to heat and cold, tooth injury, or chipped or fractured tooth. Endodontists focus on saving infected or decayed teeth. The professionals can perform various dental procedures, including:
Root canal therapy
Your endodontist may perform a root can therapy if your teeth pulp or root canals holding pulps become inflamed or infected. Infection can be caused by deep cavities, fractures, cracks, or repeated dental injuries. The treatments help relieve dental pain and protect your teeth. Root canal therapy involves your endodontist numbing the area around the infected tooth. The provider drills the affected tooth to access the root can and pulp chamber.
The endodontist then uses special treats to clean the area to help eliminate bacteria and treat infections. Then the provider shapes the canals and fills them to keep bacteria out. To restore strength, stability, and functioning, your endodontist places a crown on top of the treated tooth. If your tooth is severely damaged to support a restoration, the specialist will seal the hole that is created when accessing canals to prevent bacteria from getting in.
Your endodontist may perform apicoectomy if root canal therapy is not fully effective. An apicoectomy is a minor surgical process that involves your endodontist eliminating the tip of your tooth’s root from the jawbone area. You may benefit from apicoectomy if an infection develops after you undergo a root canal surgery. Your endodontist removes the affected tooth root to prevent it from affecting neighboring healthy teeth and help preserve the function of your natural tooth.
An apicoectomy involves local anesthesia. The specialist makes an incision in the gum near the affected tooth and exposes the region of inflamed or infected tissue. The endodontist then removes the tooth’s root tip and seals the end of the root canal with a filling. The provider finally stitches to seal the treated area.
Treatment for a cracked and injured tooth
Cracked teeth can fall in different sections. Cracked teeth may include vertical root fractures, a split tooth, fractured cusps, or craze lines. Untreated cracked teeth can cause bacteria to enter the pulp and you may lose your tooth. If your tooth fracture is small and only on the teeth surface, your endodontist may perform filling or bonding.
For deeper and bigger fractures that are causing pain, irritating soft tissues inside your tooth, or making chewing difficulties, your provider may recommend other treatments like endodontic surgery. In case of injuries, your tooth can dislodge or become loose. Depending on the extent of damage your endodontist can replace or restore the loose tooth.
Schedule an appointment at Charles M. Marks, DDS & Dental Associates to treat your tooth pain with skilled and experienced endodontists.