Are you worried about losing a tooth? Don’t give up on your tooth just yet! Make sure to see an endodontist and get a second opinion! Endodontists have been called the superheroes of the dental world for a reason: They often save teeth that others cannot.
Superheroes of the Dental World
If you haven’t heard of an endodontist before, listen up! It’s important to know what an endodontist is so if you ever need one you’ll know who to call. Endodontists are specialist dentists who spend an extra 2 to 3 years studying how to treat the root of the tooth. What this means is that endodontists have the highest level of training and knowledge to diagnose and treat conditions that affect the innermost part of your teeth.
Endodontists have also been nicknamed the “superheroes” of the dental world because being able to treat the root of your tooth can help to prevent you from losing a tooth. When regular dentists recommend extracting a tooth, an endodontist might tell you, “Don’t give up on your tooth!” and offer a more advanced treatment.
Treating the Root of the Problem
When the root of your tooth is affected by decay or infection, it can be quite serious. It’s important to treat it quickly and effectively to prevent the infection from spreading to surrounding gum tissue and teeth.
Symptoms of decay affecting the root of a tooth might include severe or persistent discomfort, sensitivity to hot or cold temperatures, sensitivity to pressure when biting down or chewing, swelling in the face or cheeks, or fever.
If you notice any of these symptoms, don’t try to treat them at home or put off seeing a dentist until it becomes worse. Call right away to make an appointment. And if a dentist says your tooth should be extracted, don’t give up on your tooth without talking to an endodontist who might be able to help save your tooth.
Will it Hurt?
Many people ask if treatment will hurt when they first see an endodontist. The truth is, endodontists are experts at diagnosing and treating pain, so seeing an endodontist is likely to help relieve any discomfort you’re experiencing and prevent more severe discomfort that could develop if you put off treatment.
Call our Lee's Summit dental office to make an appointment with a dentist who may be able to help you find out more about this topic, and improve your oral health.