What is endodontics?

Endodontics, often referred to as root canals, is a type of dental treatment for the inside of the tooth. Each tooth is hollow on the inside, housing a nerve and a blood vessel. When a tooth becomes infected or unhealthy, it is usually because the nerve and blood vessels have died, leaving a hollow cavity where bacteria can accumulate and cause infection and pain. This is when root canal therapy or endodontics is needed.

Why did my dentist refer me to an endodontist?

Dentists often refer patients to endodontists, who are specialists in root canals, especially if the case is complex. For instance, if a problem has persisted for a long period, the pulp chamber inside the tooth may become highly calcified, making it difficult to see, find, and clean adequately.

What is the difference between an endodontist and a general dentist?

The primary difference between an endodontist and a general dentist is specialization. Endodontists focus on root canals and evaluating teeth for root canal therapy. They typically only perform procedures related to their area of specialization.

What procedures are done in endodontics?

The fundamental procedure in endodontics is the root canal. Other procedures include surgeries to clean out infections at the base of the tooth, which involve a reverse root canal. All procedures in endodontics fall within the category of root canal therapy.

Can an endodontist pull a tooth?

While endodontists are qualified to extract teeth, they seldom do so. They usually refer such procedures back to the general dentist or to an oral surgeon.

How does an endodontist determine if you need a root canal?

Endodontists, like general dentists, use a series of tests to determine if a root canal is required. These tests examine hot and cold sensitivity, biting pressure sensitivity, gum health surrounding the tooth, and pressure sensitivity in the bone. Sometimes they also look for fractures that may render the tooth unfixable.

Does insurance cover endodontal procedures?

Most of the time, if your insurance covers major restorative work, they will likely cover at least part of the cost of root canal therapy or endodontic procedures.

If you have any other questions concerning this area of your dental health, feel free to reach out to us at any time at Integrity Dental. Call us at 17195452468.