Sensitivity to hot or cold foods and beverages. Pain when biting or chewing. A constant pain or even swelling in the gums or jaw. If you are experiencing one or more of these symptoms, it may be time to talk with your doctor about your symptoms and about choosing an endodontist to provide the services you might need.
Endodontists are dental specialists who focus on the nerves of teeth. They typically perform root canals and other dental surgery procedures related to the nerves of the tooth. Becoming an endodontist requires two or more additional years of schooling beyond typical dental school, and most endodontists focus exclusively on this area of dentistry in their practice.
Although this level of specialization is great news if you find yourself in the chair in need of a root canal, it does pose a challenge to the many Americans each year who find themselves in need of such a procedure. According to the American Association of Endodontists, general dentists refer about half of their root canal cases to an endodontist. Of course, when only 45% of people surveyed have even heard of a root canal specialist, or endodontist, it’s no surprise that many patients don’t know where to begin!