Root Canal Therapy (RCT) is a dental procedure used to treat infection and inflammation of the tooth’s pulp. The pulp is the soft tissue inside the tooth that contains nerve endings and blood vessels. If the pulp becomes infected or inflamed, it can cause pain, swelling, and tooth decay.
What Causes Root Canal Infection
Root canal infection is often caused by bacteria that enter the tooth through a crack or hole in the enamel. The bacteria can travel down the root of the tooth and into the pulp, where they can cause inflammation and infection. Other causes of root canal infection include deep cavities, fractured teeth, and dental procedures that damage the tooth pulp.
How Does RCT Help
RCT involves removing the infected pulp and cleaning and sealing the tooth’s root canals. It is a safe and effective procedure to save teeth that would otherwise have to be extracted. A dentist performs RCT, but it is often recommended that you see an endodontist for the procedure.
Here are four reasons why you should see an endodontist for your root canal therapy.
1) Endodontists are Specialists
Endodontists are the best in root canal therapy because they undergo extensive training in diagnosing and treating diseases and injuries to the dental pulp. This empowers them to provide the highest quality care for their patients.
In addition, endodontists are experts in using advanced technology to treat complex cases, ensuring that each patient receives the best possible outcome.
They are the dental professionals you want to see when you are experiencing tooth pain and think you may need a root canal. Endodontists undergo additional training after dental school to specialize in diagnosing and treating diseases and injuries to the dental pulp and tissues surrounding the tooth.
They can provide relief from pain and save teeth that may otherwise have to be extracted. They can clean and seal the root canals, which prevents further infection.
2) They are Experts in Alleviating Your Pain
Endodontists are experts in alleviating pain during root canal therapy because they are specifically trained to diagnose and treat diseases and disorders of the dental pulp and nerve. They can use a wide range of techniques to achieve a successful outcome, which means that patients experience minimal pain and discomfort.
Unlike general dentists, endodontists specialize in the care and treatment of the dental pulp, also known as the tooth’s nerve. These professionals have many techniques to alleviate pain, including local anesthesia, sedation dentistry, and dental lasers.
3) They Use Advanced Technology for RCT
Endodontists use advanced technology, such as digital radiography and magnification, to help them perform root canal therapy effectively. These technologies allow them to identify and treat problems with the dental pulp and root canal system with greater accuracy and precision.
Their tools include dental x-rays to visualize the tooth’s interior, ultrasonic probes to clean the canals, and hand files and irrigation syringes to remove debris and shape the canals.
They not only know about the nuts and bolts of these tools but also the nitty-gritty of their use cases. For example, they know exactly how much pressure should be applied during the application of irrigation syringes.
4) They can Save Your Teeth
When tooth decay or an injury reaches the pulp, it can cause inflammation and pain. In some cases, the only way to save the tooth is through endodontic treatment, which an endodontist performs. This treatment can involve removing the diseased pulp, cleaning and shaping the inside of the tooth, and filling it with a sealant.
An endodontist specializes in the treatment of the pulp inside of teeth. This can include dealing with infections, repairing damage, and performing root canal therapy. By treating the pulp, an endodontist can often save teeth that would otherwise need to go.
Questions to Ask Your Endodontist Include:
- What is the cause of my toothache?
- Can you identify the type of infection I have?
- Do I absolutely need an RCT?
- Are you a member of the American Association of Endodontists (AAE)?
- How long does it take to return to work after an RCT?
- What are the risks and benefits of treatment?
- What should I expect during and after treatment?
- What will the treatment involve?
- What should I do after the treatment?
Common Symptoms of an Infected Root Canal:
- Tooth pain
- Discharge of pus
- Tenderness in swollen tissue
- Tooth darkening
- Extreme sensitivity to hot and cold drinks
- Bad breath