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    Why Did My Dentist Refer Me to an Endodontist?


    An endodontist is a specialist in the dental field who has specific training in the diagnosis and treatment of more intense problems in your mouth. An endodontist can do more for the care of your mouth than your regular dentist. Treatment of decayed teeth, finding the cause of facial pain, performing endodontic treatments, root canals, retreatment of root canals and endodontic surgery are all services an endodontist can perform to help you with your dental care.

    A root canal is the process of removing the dental pulp from an abscessed tooth that is either dead, or the pulp has been exposed because of decay in the tooth or a fracture. Once the pulp has been removed, the endodontist will treat any remnant of infection left in the body of the tooth. The nerve of the tooth will also be removed, as leaving it can cause a phantom pain the tooth so that you will think you still have an infection. The hollow area is filled with a rubber-like material. Before the creation of this process, a damaged tooth had to be removed.

    Even though you have had a root canal, if you still don’t take care of your teeth or the tooth does not heal correctly, you may have to see the endodontist to have the tooth retreated. In the retreatment process, your tooth will go through the same process as in the initial treatment. You will receive a new crown from your dentist as well.

    What may cause you to have a retreatment? There may be narrow offshoots of the root that were missed in the initial treatment. This may also be due to a complicated root anatomy that was not seen. Your saliva, which is usually a good and natural way to keep your mouth clean, may have gotten under the crown and caused additional decay. It may have taken too long for a crown to be placed over the treated tooth. A new infection may have set into the root due to new decay exposing the root system. A broken or cracked crown could also have exposed the tooth to new decay. And last, however not the very last thing, somehow your tooth may have fractured within the crown, compromising the integrity of the treatment.

    If a root canal and then retreatment do not resolve the issue you have with your tooth, the endodontist may recommend an apicoectomy, which is an endodontic surgical procedure. This procedure involves surgically opening the gum near the tooth, at the base of the root. This allows the endodontist to examine the bone and remove any infected or inflamed tissue. The tip of the root will be removed and once the infection has been cleaned out, a filling will be placed over the root to keep it sealed. You will have stitches, and over time bone will grow around the end of the root. This procedure is usually a last resort, and you may find that you are referred to an oral surgeon for the procedure. This referral is done for your safety and is a reflection that your dentist and endodontist know their limitations.

    Your referral to an endodontist is being done because your dentist feels it would be most beneficial for you and they are interested in maintaining your oral health. The special skills that the endodontist has will make the treatment of your oral needs easier for him to perform than for your regular dentist. It is important to be treated by the appropriate medical professional so that there is no additional damage done to your oral health and your recovery can begin immediately, with the appropriate medication and pain control.


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Gracie Franklin
Gracie Franklin

5 out of 5 stars

posted 2 weeks ago

I was looking for a dentist near me and my sister recommended Advanced Dental Concept! My whole experience was good. I was treated nicely the moment I walked in. The place was welcoming and the staff was friendly. I had my check up there and will come back for my teeth whitening treatment!

Catherine Pearson
Catherine Pearson

5 out of 5 stars

posted 2 months ago

I found the right orthodontist for me here in Hammond, LA here at this dental facility. When it comes to oral health, I really want the best and I really did search the city for the best ortho for me. When I got here, I am so happy and relieved that I finally found the one for me. She was very attentive and she made me feel very comfortable. The treatment is also very effective and now I have straight,white teeth!

Jacklyn Myers
Jacklyn Myers

4 out of 5 stars

posted 2 months ago

I was advised to see an orthodontist to correct my bite. I am glad I saw your website and read some of the reviews. By reading those customers testimonials, I decided to go visit your dentist and I am not disappointed by the service you have given me. Added factors are the place is clean and well maintained.

Tayler Evans
Tayler Evans

5 out of 5 stars

posted 4 months ago

THE DENTISTS AND STAFF ARE AMAZING! I haven't been to the dentist in 10+ years because my last visit was so traumatizing. Recently my tooth broke and another was fractured due to me constantly grinding them in my sleep. I couldn't have wished for better service. They were so nice and kind to me. The dentist kept me informed of everything that was going on while she was doing it. The office was really clean and comfortable. I even got a call a few days later to see how I was doing and was informed that I could come in for a follow up appointment to check the healing process free of charge! I would definitely recommend them and will be going back on a regular basis. Extremely satisfied customer....Donna Evans

Jesse Scott
Jesse Scott

5 out of 5 stars

posted 2 weeks ago

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