WHAT IS AN ENDODONTIST


An endodontist is a dentist with two years of additional specialized training in the diagnosis and treatment of diseases of the dental pulp and supporting structures, as well as facial pain. All dentists received training in endodontic treatment in dental school. General dentists can perform endodontic procedures along with other dental procedures, but often they refer patients needing endodontic treatment to endodontists. Usually, they refer to an endodontist because the case is more difficult or complex. We perform these procedures all day so we are usually able to do them faster and much more comfortably than a general dentist can. We try to complete root canals in one appointment, however, sometimes additional appointments are required.


DAY OF YOUR APPOINTMENT


On the day of your appointment, please avoid taking pain medication unless directed by our office (you can bring it with you), as this can alter the results of our testing and interfere with the accuracy of your diagnosis. A typical visit to our office begins with completing paperwork, which includes your medical history and consent forms.

Please bring a list of all medications that you take regularly and that you have taken in the past month (both over-the-counter and prescription), their doses and why you are taking them. If you require medication prior to dental cleanings (i.e. antibiotics for premeds), please contact your prescribing physician for medication and take them prior to your visit.

Once all forms are complete, you will be taken to the operatory where an assistant will discuss your chief complaint, collect data regarding the history of your tooth concerns, possibly conduct some tests, possibly take an x-ray and review your medical history. This information will then be shared with Dr. McCall who will fully discuss the findings and your options with you before beginning treatment. Dr. McCall will make you aware of the benefits and risks involved in treatment, as well as prognosis that day. Before treatment begins, you will receive local anesthesia to numb any sensations you may feel during the procedure. If you like, we do offer nitrous oxide.


 

INFORMATION


Endo is the Greek word for inside, Odont is Greek for tooth

Root Canal Treatment (Endodontic Treatment) a root canal is one of the most common dental procedures performed, well over 14 million every year. This simple treatment can save your natural teeth and prevent the need for extraction, leading to implants or bridges.

At the center of your tooth is the pulp. It is a collection of tissue that helps to build the surrounding tooth. Infection of the pulp can be caused by deep decay, trauma to the tooth, cracks or chips, or repeated dental procedures. Symptoms of the infection can be indentified as: visible injury of the tooth, swelling around the tooth, sensitivity to temperature or pain in the tooth and gums, or pain to biting or chewing. Click on the below image for a larger version.Endodontic treatment is necessary when the pulp becomes inflamed or infected. Dr. McCall would remove the inflamed or infected pulp, carefully clean and shape the canals inside the tooth and then fill the canals with gutta percha to seal the space.

Apicoectomy (Endodontic Surgery) in this procedure, Dr. McCall opens the gum tissue by making a small incision and removes any inflamed or infected tissue at the end of the root. The tip of the root(s) is also removed and a filling is placed at the end of the root(s). You will leave the office with sutures.

Why would you need Endodontic Surgery Generally, root canal therapy is all that is needed to save teeth with injured or infected pulp. However, occasionally, this non-surgical procedure is not sufficient to heal the tooth and Dr. McCall will recommen surgery. Endodontic surgery can be used to locate fractures or hidden canals that do not appear on the x-rays but still cause pain in the tooth.