There are many kinds of dentists and most likely the ones that you are familiar with are pediatric dentists and orthodontists. Another type of dentist that you may need is an endodontist, or the one that diagnoses, prevents and treats diseases that involve the nerve of the tooth or the dental pulp. It is not unusual to seek an endodontic once or twice in your adult life. But if you have bad dental habits, you may need to consult this specialist often.
An Endodontist Performs Root Canals
An endodontist is a dentists that perform root canal treatment that play a crucial role in preserving your teeth. There are many types of gum diseases that can cause pain but pain due to infection of the dental pulp is not easy to identify. The exposed part of teeth may not always show signs of decay so it may take a few visits to the dentist to find out if you need the root canal procedure.
What is a Root Canal Procedure?
The root canal procedure is not a complicated process so the patient need not be anxious about it. If you are not comfortable in a dental chair no matter the procedure, your dentist can recommend local anesthesia (usually not necessary) just to keep you calm during the whole course.
To start, an access hole is drilled into the affected tooth. Then, the infected pulp, debris and decayed nerve tissue are removed. After the infection has been treated and the affected area has been cleaned thoroughly, it will then be sealed. The infected area may take a few days to completely heal. When the tooth is sealed, restoration treatment follows suit. Usually a dental crown is placed on the tooth to make it functional as a normal tooth.