Let the Tooth Pulp Experts Help You Keep Your Natural Teeth
How do you know if you even need a root canal? What are the signs and symptoms that a root canal or other endodontic treatment is needed? What is an endodontist, anyway? We’re so glad you asked.
Endodontists specialize in treating a very important part of your tooth that you don’t see: the tooth pulp. If the tooth pulp has been damaged by injury or decay, an endodontist may be able to save your natural tooth by performing root canal therapy. All dentists are trained in diagnosing teeth that could benefit from endodontic intervention, but not every case is the same. Therefore, root canal specialists are needed to diagnose and treat the tooth pulp damage that’s discovered.
In order to become a root canal specialist, endodontists must complete dental school plus an additional 2 to 3 years of postgraduate training, performing only endodontic treatment. Additionally, endodontists must be licensed in the state where they practice and must stay current with continuing education requirements.
The Root Canal Specialists Will See You Now!
Below are 3 reasons that indicate you may need to see an endodontist soon:
- Tooth Pain. We’ve all experienced tooth pain from time to time, but there are specific types of tooth pain that can indicate it might be time to seek out an endodontist. If your tooth pain is causing you to stay up at night, you experience pain when you bite down, your pain is sharp, throbbing, dull, or achy, or if no amount of over-the-counter pain relievers are effectively providing relief, you should call Penn Dental Family Practice. We will help you figure out if you need to see an endodontist.
- Fractured or Chipped Tooth. If you’ve fractured or chipped your tooth, you might experience some pain, which may go away with over-the-counter pain relievers. However, if your tooth is visibly cracked or chipped, it may be time to see an endodontist and see if treatment is needed to save your tooth.
- Swelling. Any swelling around the root of the tooth in the gumline can indicate a bacterial infection is brewing. Bacteria that gets in through decay or injury can make its way to the tooth pulp, causing an infection and inflammation which can then turn into an abscess. The sooner you see a dentist, the better, as the infection will only get worse if left untreated.
If you’re experiencing any of these symptoms it’s important you see your dentist so that you can be referred to an endodontist if needed. Your overall health depends on your oral health, and a necessary root canal procedure is one that should not be delayed. End this year and begin the new year with a smile that makes you proud and a mouth that is not in pain!
To see any of our root canal specialists, contact Penn Dental Family Practice at 215-898-PDFP(7337).