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My Doctor Told Me I Need Endodontic Treatment. What Does That Mean?

Dental Patient Wondering About Her Treatment

Tooth pain is such a headache! After talking to your doctor, you have been recommended to seek an endodontist and receive endodontic treatment for your pain. What is an endodontist and what is endodontic treatment? An endodontist is someone who specializes in the treatment of tooth pain. Whilst all endodontists are dentists, not all dentists are endodontists and so it is important to find the right doctor for care. This means that endodontic treatment is to help alleviate the pain you experience and prevent further pain from occurring.

  

Endodontic Treatment Options

There are multiple forms of endodontic treatment but the most common one is a root canal. A root canal works to remove any infection from a decayed tooth’s root to prevent further and future infection and save your natural tooth. This is done by removing the inflamed or infected pulp tissue then the tooth is cleaned, disinfected, and filled to restore the tooth’s strength. There are many advantages to saving the natural tooth over replacing it with a dental implant. Some of these benefits include maintaining your normal bite alignment, natural appearance, and protection of wear on other teeth.

For some though, a root canal may not always have lasting results. Due to several other factors including undiagnosed clenching or grinding as well as a possible new cavity or fractured formation, you may begin to have tooth pain once again. Fortunately, an endodontist can effectively retreat an area in most cases, removing the initial root canal filling to search for new possible fractures and infections, patching and cleaning those fractures and infected areas, and refilling the area with a new filling treatment.

In more severe cases though, endodontic surgery may be required to alleviate pain. Sometimes, initial imaging in a non-surgical root canal may not be able to find small fractures and/or hidden canals from the first treatment. There are a few different types of endodontic surgeries but the most common one is if inflammation and infection persist after the initial root canal is performed. This is what’s called an apicoectomy, or a root-end resurrection.

 

Our Options

All of this and more can be performed by our doctors, Dr. Nabil Fehmi and Dr. Maryam Beyramian, at our amazing facilities located throughout the Phoenix, Arizona area. With years of education and many more from experience, Dr. Fehmi is well equipped to help your teeth aches and pains. To schedule your first consultation, call 602-581-7796 or schedule online! We look forward to meeting you and helping you on your journey to a pain-free mouth!

 

References

What’s The Difference Between a dentist and an endodontist?, American Association of Endodontists, https://www.aae.org/patients/why-see-an-endodontist/whats-difference-dentist-endodontist/

What is a Root Canal?, American Association of Endodontists, https://www.aae.org/patients/root-canal-treatment/what-is-a-root-canal/

Endodontic Retreatment, American Association of Endodontists, https://www.aae.org/patients/root-canal-treatment/endodontic-treatment-options/endodontic-retreatment/

Endodontic Surgery, American Association of Endodontists, https://www.aae.org/patients/root-canal-treatment/endodontic-treatment-options/endodontic-surgery/

Contact Us, Westwind Integrated Health, https://www.westwindintegratedhealth.com/contact/

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