The words “root canal” might make you break out in a nervous sweat, but this reputation is outdated and inaccurate. Root canal therapy provides a safe, reliable method for removing the primary cause of a painful, persistent toothache: decayed and infected pulp. Rather than cause discomfort, root canals help to ease your discomfort. General dentists commonly perform root canals. However, endodontists, dental specialists with additional training in problems relating to the interior of the tooth, also perform root canals. If your dentist tells you that a deep cavity or fracture needs endodontic treatment, how do you know whether you should see a specialist? Our guide will help you navigate this often complex decision.
Chances are, if you have a tooth that aches dully, sends zingers through your jaw when you bite down, or makes you cringe when hot coffee or iced water flows past it, you’ve already made an emergency appointment with your family dentist. At your appointment, your dentist will perform a thorough visual exam as well as take x-rays so he can establish a clear, comprehensive understanding of the problem. If he determines that the tooth needs endodontics therapy, he will use his exam findings to develop the best treatment plan for your needs.
Your root canal could be classified as simple or complex, depending on the shape and angulation of the root chambers, whether the infection has spread to the jaw, and whether this is retreatment. Some dentists prefer not to perform root canals at all, and will automatically refer you to an endodontist. Some family dentists feel comfortable performing straightforward root canals and will schedule you for a return appointment if your case is not complex. Some family dentists have extensive continuing education and experience performing all types of root canal therapy (even though they are not board-certified endodontists) and will schedule you for a return appointment even if you have a complex case. Rest assured that your family dentist will always recommend the course of treatment that best suits your needs.
At Snow Park Dental, Dr. Miller provides the preventive and restorative dental care you need to help you enjoy optimal oral health. Contact us today at (505) 596-4479 to schedule a consultation or appointment at our Albuquerque dentist’s office. We proudly serve families from Rio Rancho, Corrales, Edgewood, Tijeras, Los Lunas, and surrounding communities.
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