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Do I need a Dentist or Endodontist?

September 30, 2022 | Blog

Tooth infections and tooth decay are not just inconvenient- they can put your oral health at risk. Your teeth can become exposed to bacteria, and in some cases, your root canal system may become infected. When this happens, your dentist may recommend a root canal procedure to maintain your teeth long-term!

When it comes to a root canal, you may wonder who you should go to for the procedure. Luckily, Gulf Coast Dental is here to help determine if a dentist or endodontist is right for you! Read ahead to learn about the root canal process and how each practitioner can help!

What Is A Root Canal?

Your dental practitioner may recommend a root canal if your teeth begin showing signs of nerve damage and infection. The core of your tooth, known as the dental pulp, can become infected when your tooth is cracked or if you have a cavity. If this issue isn’t treated, you risk losing your tooth entirely.

Though it may seem scary, a root canal is a common procedure! The treatment is very similar to a routine filling and is relatively painless for most patients. There are numerous advantages to getting a root canal, a few of which are that treatment:

  • Prevents infections from spreading to other teeth
  • Reduces risk of jawbone damage
  • Maintains biting force and sensation
  • Enhances efficiency chewing

What’s The Difference Between A Dentist And An Endodontist?

Both practitioners care for your teeth, but there are a few differences between dentists and endodontists! Your dental practitioner is qualified to treat and diagnose conditions that relate to your teeth and gums. They are also trained in administering general root canal treatments.

An endodontist is also a dentist, but they concentrate on the study and treatment of the dental pulp. They complete an additional two to three years of school with the primary purpose of preserving and saving teeth! Ultimately, endodontists specialize in treating intense tooth pain and performing root canal procedures.

Dentists Are Best For Standard Root Canal Procedures

The decision of who should perform a root canal depends on a case-by-case basis. This treatment has been around for many years, and dental practitioners have learned how to treat them over time! Your dentist is more than qualified to perform a standard root canal procedure without the risk of complications.

Severe Root Canal Treatment Calls For An Endodontist

Depending on the severity of the infected tooth, your dentist may refer you to an endodontist. Advanced cases require the help of an endodontic professional. A few instances that may call for a specialist are:

  • Teeth have more than one canal
  • Previous or current injury to the impacted tooth
  • Retreatment is recommended
  • Deep or oddly-shaped canal

Given their extra years of experience and studies, severe cases are best performed by an endodontist. Your dentist will help you determine the severity of your case and determine if an endodontic expert is needed!

Contact Us For Root Canal Treatment And Referral!

At Gulf Coast Dental, we keep your oral health our top priority! Our family dental practice is honored to have served our Gulfport community since 1969. You can count on our team of trusted practitioners to help you navigate a root canal procedure. Call us today to schedule your appointment!

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