If your tooth has become compromised due to disease or injury, you may be wondering what a Scottsdale endodontist can do to help you. Since even the best dental implant doesn’t function as well as your natural tooth can, it’s important to understand how Scottsdale endodontists can save your natural teeth. Here’s a brief overview of the work that these dental specialists are trained to do.
How A Scottsdale Endodontist Can Save Your Teeth
- Endodontists’ training as dental specialists focuses on preserving the inside of your tooth. Endodontists receive two to three years of training beyond general dentistry, learning how to treat problems with the pulp inside your teeth and how to diagnose and treat problems in your root canals.
- Endodontists have access to special tools and materials to treat a damaged natural tooth. They are trained in the use of special cleaning files to remove infection from a root canal. They use the sealant gutta-percha to permanently seal off tooth roots that have experienced severe infection, and they prepare the tooth to be permanently protected by receiving a crown (and sometimes a post as well) to shore up the structure of the tooth. Because root canals often permanently resolve the damage to a natural tooth, in the long run, they can prove to be less costly and less invasive than opting for a dental implant.
- Endodontists are able to use a variety of procedures to save your natural tooth. Root canals are only one of the treatments that endodontists can utilize to preserve a compromised natural tooth. They can do a root canal retreatment if needed, as well as specialized procedures such as an apicoectomy.
- Endodontists are experts in relieving tooth pain. Scottsdale endodontists are able to quickly diagnose even baffling tooth pain, ensuring your natural tooth gets treated at the earliest possible moment.
“You don’t have to live with dental pain or have damaged natural teeth extracted,” says Dr. Susan L. Wood, a Scottsdale endodontist who practices with the Phoenix Endodontic Group. “Endodontic treatment can save your natural teeth and preserve your quality of life!”