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.
You might have already figured out that root canal specialists specialize in root canals, but they tend to go by a more professional name – endodontists.
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.
Below are 3 reasons that indicate you may need to see an endodontist soon:
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).