Not all mouth pain is caused by a cavity. Sensitivity to hot and cold, or chronic pressure and pain in your jaws could be linked to tooth decay—but they could also indicate you need more than a filling. You may need endodontic treatment.
Who are endodontists? What dental health problems do they treat? And which endodontists in Philadelphia offer expert services at affordable rates? Read on for expert answers from Penn Dental Medicine (PDM).
All endodontists are dentists. However, less than 3% of dentists are endodontists.
Endodontics is the dental specialty focused on treating dental pulp (the nerves, tissue, and blood vessels inside your teeth). Its goal is to save natural teeth after the pulp has become inflamed or infected.
Root canal therapy is a major part of endodontists’ work. In this procedure, an endodontist removes the infected pulp from the tooth, cleaning and shaping the canals to ensure all infection is gone.
Endodontists are root canal dentists—but also more. Other endodontic services include:
Dentists who practice endodontics have completed at least an additional two years of training in dental school so they can offer these highly specialized services.
Your general dentist will refer you to an endodontist if you need endodontic treatment. But you should proactively pay attention to and take seriously any pain in your mouth. It may be the first indication you’ll need an endodontist’s services.
The American Association of Endodontists identifies several kinds of mouth pain of which you should be aware:
When mouth pain is only momentary or mild and isn’t interfering with your eating, drinking, or speaking, you might be tempted to ignore it. Even if you don’t consider yourself to be afraid of dentists, you might worry about how much treatment could cost.
But the cost of ignoring or unnecessarily delaying evaluation, diagnosis, and treatment of your mouth pain could be far worse. When neglected, an oral infection can spread to other parts of your body—even, in rare cases, your brain. Tackling and treating the problem early can lead to far better outcomes.
Our team at PDM includes some of the most skilled endodontists in Philadelphia and the surrounding region. They’re closely supervising third- and fourth-year student dentists from the University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine, using state-of-the-art equipment and the latest evidence-based techniques to save Philadelphians’ teeth.
In addition, the Philadelphia endodontists at PDM are affordable endodontists. Although endodontic treatments do cost more than routine dental care, at PDM, these procedures cost roughly half of what they do at private practices.
If you’re feeling constant oral pain, take it seriously. Schedule an appointment now with these Philadelphia root canal specialists online or by calling 215-898-8965.