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Sarasota Endodontic Solutions

 

General Information

What is an Endodontist and what do they do?

Endodontists are dentists who specialize in maintaining teeth through endodontic therapy -- procedures, involving the soft inner tissue of the teeth, called the pulp.  The word "endodontic" comes from "endo" meaning inside and "odont" meaning tooth.  

In addition to dental school, Endodontists receive two or more years of advanced education in the field of Endodontics. Endodontists study root canal techniques and procedures in greater depth allowing for diagnosis and treatment of more difficult cases. For this reason, many dentists choose to refer their patients to Endodontists.

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Why would I need a root canal?

Endodontic therapy becomes necessary when the pulp (the tissue inside the tooth) becomes infected or inflammed.  Endodontic issues usually occurs due to a deep cavities (caries), cracks, chips, repeated dental procedures, or trauma.

Signs and symptoms that may indicate the need for a root canal include: prolonged cold sensitivity, heat sensitivity, spontaneous aching, pain to biting, swelling or draining infection in the gums.

Keep in mind these symptoms sometimes may come and go.  Lack of symptoms doesn't necessarily mean you're tooth has healed itself.  

Often we are asked, "Why can't antibiotics cure my tooth infection, like a sinus infection?"   Well, the reason is when a tooth is infected, neither the antibiotics in your blood stream, nor your immune system will have the ability to reach the infection inside your tooth due to the now absent blood supply.