endodontists

Endodontists

There are many different types of dentists, but today we talk about Endodontists.

What is the difference between a Dentist and an Endodontist?


For more information on what an Endodontic Specialist does – visit us on the web http://www.metzger-endo.co.il/


Endodontists are specialist dentists with additional training, experience and formal qualifications in root canal treatment/therapy, apicetomies, microsurgery, dental emergency and trauma management.

In addition to a dental degree, Endodontists have an additional three years of postgraduate University training in the area of Endodontics. They are registered as a specialist and are not general dentists with an interest in root canal treatment.

Endo

Endodontics encompasses the study and practice of the basic and clinical sciences of the biology of the normal dental pulp and theetiology, diagnosis, prevention and treatment of diseases and injuries of the dental pulp along with associated periradicular conditions. Endodontics has evolved tremendously in the past decade and its applications have immensely improved the quality of dental treatment.

Endodontists perform a variety of procedures including endodontic therapy (commonly known as “root canal therapy”), endodontic retreatment, surgery, treating cracked teeth, and treating dental trauma. Root canal therapy is one of the most common procedures.

If the dental pulp (containing nerves, arterioles, venules, lymphatic tissue, and fibrous tissue) becomes diseased or injured, endodontic treatment is required to save the tooth. Endodontics is recognized as a specialty by many national dental organizations including the British General Dental Council, American Dental Association, Royal College of Dentists of Canada, Indian Dental Association, and Royal Australasian College of Dental Surgeons.

What Happens During Endodontic Treatment? (What is a Root Canal?)

A local anesthetic will be given.  A sheet of latex called the “rubber dam” (we’ve got nonlatex ones too) will be placed around the tooth to isolate it, hence keeping it clean and dry during treatment.  The treatment consists of three or four basic steps, but the number of visits will depend on your particular case.  Some treatments take 2 visits but many are just a single visit.  Occasionally 3 appointments are needed.

In any case, it depends on the degree of infection/inflammation and degree of treatment difficulty.  To me, it’s more important to do it the very best we can then to meet a specific time criteria.  Let’s look at the basic steps for nonsurgical endodontic therapy.

There are, of course, no guarantees.  Root canal or endodontic therapy has a very high degree of success, up to 90%.  Teeth which can be treated near ideal have a success rate up to ninety percent!  We will discuss with you the chances of success before any endodontic procedure to help you make an informed decision.  If a root canal or endodontic therapy is unsuccessful or fails you still have options.

Retreatment

Occasionally a tooth that has undergone endodontic, treatment fails to heal or pain continues despite therapy. Although rare, sometimes a tooth initially responds to root canal therapy but becomes painful or diseased months or years later. When either of these situations occur, the tooth often can be maintained with a second endodontic treatment.


For more information on what an Endodontic Specialist does – visit us on the web http://www.metzger-endo.co.il/