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Why Should I See an Endodontist for a Root Canal?

September 2, 2023

Filed under: Uncategorized — deborahsbishop @ 5:20 pm
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Dental problems can be daunting, to say the least. And if you’ve been informed that you’re going to need a root canal to address something going on inside your mouth, sometimes simply knowing that you’re choosing the best person for the job is enough to put your doubts to rest. While many dentists can perform root canals, an endodontist is a specialist uniquely qualified for this intricate and useful procedure. Keep reading to learn more about why your trusted endodontist is the one you should visit.

How Do Endodontists Differ from General Dentists?

While all endodontists are technically dentists, less than 3% of all dentists are endodontists! Just like a doctor in any other field who would study a specific part of the body or avenue of science, an endodontist is a specialist who has completed extensive additional training beyond dental school. In this case, the highlighted focus is on diagnosing and treating tooth pain, which is where root canals truly shine.

In fact, endodontists proudly refer to themselves as “Specialists in Saving Teeth,” a well-earned moniker. In addition to undergoing specialized training, which takes multiple years, endodontists are also equipped with state-of-the-art technology designed for root canal procedures. They’re also skilled in pain management, to ensure that your root canal isn’t uncomfortable or frightening whatsoever!

Why Should I See an Endodontist for a Root Canal?

Root canals often evoke a sense of fear in people—after all, the procedure has a pretty unfair reputation thanks to how it’s been classically portrayed on television. However, the process is perhaps the best possible means for assisting and salvaging teeth that have been ravaged by decay. It involves clearing away the decayed tooth structure, sanitizing and restoring the tooth without removing it, and finally outfitting it with a high-quality restoration like a crown to ensure future success.

If this process sounds complex, don’t worry—endodontists basically have it memorized and have carried it out countless times. An endodontist will prioritize patient comfort and work diligently to ensure a successful root canal procedure; teeth are lifelong tools, and retaining your natural ones for as long as possible is ideal!

About the Author

Dr. Deborah Bishop received her DMD from the University of Alabama School of Dentistry and has proudly served patients and families in the Huntsville community for several years. She’s also a member of several notable professional organizations, including the American Dental Association and the American Association of Endodontists. If you have any questions about the blog or you’d like to set up a visit for you or a loved one, you can contact her practice online or over the phone for additional information or assistance: (256) 882-5161.

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