In celebration of upcoming Root Canal Awareness Week (March 17 – 23, 2013) Allen Endodontic Group would like to explain the important role endodontists play in dental health, and to teach the public that root canals should not be feared. What better way to do this than give some facts regarding endodontists and root canals.
Endodontists are dentists with special training in diagnosing and treating oral and facial pain, and problems associated with the inside of the tooth.
Endodontists must complete four years of dental school plus two or more years of advanced training in endodontics.
Patients may need endodontic treatment, including root canals, if they experience any of the following symptoms:
- prolonged dental sensitivity to heat or cold;
- tenderness of teeth to touch and chewing; or
- facial or oral swelling.
Root canal treatment is needed when the pulp (the soft tissue inside the tooth) becomes inflamed or infected as a result of injury, deep decay, repeated dental procedures on the tooth, or a cracked or chipped tooth.
Most patients who have had a root canal performed by an endodontist describe the procedure as virtually painless.
Eighty-five percent (85%) of patients who have had a root canal performed by an endodontist would return to an endodontist for future work.
Call the Allen Endodontic Group, located in Phoenix and Paradise Valley, AZ if you have any questions about the health of your teeth or if you think you need a root canal. 602-242-4745 or www.phoenixendodontist.com.