An endodontist can help you save your tooth if it’s badly decayed or fractured. According to the American Association of Endodontists, less than 3% of all dentists are qualified endodontists. Luckily, at Horizon Dental in Miramar, Pembroke Pines, and Sunrise, Florida, the dental team has an endodontist on staff focused on diagnosing tooth pain, performing root canals, along with other procedures to save your natural teeth. To learn more, contact the office or book your appointment online today.
An endodontist is a general dentist who has undergone at least two more years of advanced postgraduate training after dental school. They specialize in treatments involving the inner soft tissue of teeth, called the pulp. This area contains connective tissue, blood vessels, and nerves.
If you have oral pain resulting from cracked or fractured teeth, your endodontist can help. An endodontist can also save your tooth if it’s badly infected.
If the pulp in your tooth is infected or inflamed, you might experience the following symptoms:
It’s important to schedule a consultation with the Horizon Dental endodontist if you have any of the above symptoms. Waiting too long can cause your pulp can die leading to tooth loss.
Your tooth may be infected for the following reasons:
Because, oftentimes, there are no visible signs of damage to your pulp, the team at Horizon Dental recommends you visit your dentist a minimum of twice a year to ensure your teeth are healthy and you don’t have an infection.
The most common endodontic procedure is a root canal. Your endodontist performs this procedure to save your tooth once your inner pulp chamber becomes infected.
Step one in this procedure is to provide you with a sedative so you’re comfortable. The next step is for your endodontist to drill a hole in your tooth to remove the infected pulp and clean your tooth’s canal.
Once the inside of your tooth is clean, your endodontist fills and seals it. Depending on the damage of your tooth, you may need a crown.
To make sure you keep your teeth healthy and to limit the risk of extraction, call the endodontist and dentists at Horizon Dental. You can also schedule your appointment online.