What Do Endodontists Do?

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In our practice, we find that many patients are unsure about the field of endodontics. It seems to be one of those terms many people have heard, but do not understand. Unlike the discipline of orthodontics, which most people instantly recognize, endodontics is not well understood.

Endodontics is the dental specialty focusing on the inside of the teeth. One of the most common procedures endodontists perform on a regular basis is root canal. As far as dental treatments are concerned, the root canal is the most disliked. The dislike is often from reputation and not experience or facts. Years ago, root canals were painful, sometimes exceptionally so. The pain came from the problematic nature of trying to numb the area full of dead and decaying nerves and blood vessels. Without a good technique, endodontists at that time did the best job they could do at numbing the tooth and surrounding area. Fortunately, dental technologies are much more advanced now, and the majority of patients are pleasantly surprised at how simple, and pain-free the root canal is these days.

Endodontists do more than root canal procedures. Because they care for the area inside of your teeth, endodontists frequently care for teeth that have sustained a traumatic injury. Also, an endodontist would be the most likely choice for caring for a cracked tooth, surgically removing cysts or growths, and performing surgery to transplant a tooth.

To become an endodontist, a student must first earn a dental degree and go on to attend an accredited endodontics program. The postgraduate endodontic education usually will take between two and three years to complete.

The vast majority of dental problems fall under the expertise of our dentist in Tarzana. However, in the event that you should have a complicated dental problem, our highly skilled endodontist is here to help.

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Endodontic Treatments

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Are you experiencing a tooth ache? If so, you are likely in a lot of pain right now, and wishing for something that can magically take it away quickly. Fortunately, there’s a special dentist specifically for this purpose. Endodontists can perform root canal and other types of treatments in order to save your tooth and eliminate all pain.

Root canal treatments involve using a drill to create a hole in the tooth. This gives our expert in endodontics access to the pulp, which has become infected. All of the infected tissue is removed and replaced with a special dental packing material. The tooth is then restored with a crown or filling.

Endodontic retreatment is sometimes necessary after root canal therapy. This is needed when some infected tissue has been missed and not removed, typically from deep in the bottom of the canals. Our endodontist can go back into the tooth and ensure any infected tissue is gone. Endodontic treatment is also sometimes necessary after a physical accident in which a tooth has been broken, or the pulp otherwise affected.

If you are suffering from a tooth ache, do not ignore the pain – it will not go away on its own. You will need the help of our experienced dentist in San Francisco as soon as possible.

What You Should Know about Tooth Roots

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Tooth roots are the lower parts of the teeth, situated below the crowns and taking up about twice as much space. Anchored in the jaw bones, tooth roots stabilize teeth throughout life. Here are some more things to know about the roots of teeth.

Tooth Roots Can Become Exposed

Because tooth roots are buried inside of the gums, they are not covered with protective enamel. This means that sensitivity and decay are significant risks if the tooth roots become exposed, such as after gum recession.

Loss of Tooth Roots Affects the Jaw Bones

When tooth loss occurs, a space is left in the jaw bone where the root was before. Leaving this hole open can result in the jaw bone shrinking and the nearby teeth shifting. By promptly replacing the root with a dental implant, these problems can be prevented.

Tissues Inside Tooth Roots Can Become Infected

Canals inside of tooth roots contain tissues that can be attacked by bacteria after trauma or severe decay. Root canal therapy, a common endodontic procedure, eliminates the infection so that the tooth and its natural roots can remain in the mouth.

Our office is fully equipped to care for tooth roots with a full range of endodontic care. To learn more about the tooth roots and available endodontic procedures, patients can schedule a consultation with our endodontist in San Francisco.

Cost of Endodontic Treatments

An endodontic treatment will vary in cost from one patient to the next. Your final endodontic treatment cost in Los Angeles will be affected by the location of the tooth being treated, the complexity of the case, and the type of treatment that will be required.

1. The location of the tooth
Teeth that are easier to reach or that have fewer root canals, such as incisors and canines, will generally cost less than bicuspids, premolars, and molars.

2. The complexity of treatment
Some types of endodontic treatment are more complex than other types of endodontic treatment. Endodontic surgery may cost more than a simple root canal treatment.

3. The type of restoration
Permanent fillings can be used to restore some treated teeth, but crowns are generally recommended after root canal therapy. Crowns serve to strengthen and protect the treated tooth.

The cost of endodontic treatment will generally include the cost of the appointments, dental X-rays, images, and anesthetic. The temporary restoration may also be covered in the initial cost. Dental insurance will usually cover a portion of the cost for endodontic treatment, but may cover it at a lower rate than preventive treatments or simple restorations. Call us today to learn more or to schedule an appointment with our Los Angeles endodontics expert.