An endodontist is an expert at diagnosing and treating dental pain. This includes pain that extends throughout the face, head, neck, and ear. In fact, many general dentists consult an endodontist for advice and treatment suggestions. Most dentists refer patients to a local endodontist, as these specialized dentists are prepared to handle much more complex dental issues involving pulp, root and the structures surrounding a tooth.
At Penn Dental Medicine, our students train under endodontic specialists renowned for their skills and knowledge. And, this means our dental patients benefit by receiving quality, specialty endodontic care at prices they can afford!
An endodontist specializes in treating traumatic injuries that involve pulp damage. “Pulp” refers to the soft tissue in your tooth that holds nerves, blood vessels, and connective tissue.
An injury affecting the tooth pulp is common in children, athletes, and generally active individuals and is often caused by a blow to the mouth. When this occurs in children, the damaging force can cause the root of the tooth to stop growing. Endodontists can skillfully perform a procedure called “apexification” when the tooth root stops growing. This procedure stimulates bone to be deposited at the end of the root, making it possible to save the tooth through endodontic treatment (otherwise known as a root canal procedure).
One of the primary endodontic procedures and one that people are most familiar with is a root canal. Root canals are necessary when an infection is present in the pulp or nerve area of a tooth. Although pulp infection can develop many different ways, often periodontal disease is a contributing factor.
While root canals have acquired a reputation of being painful, in reality, they are no more pain-producing than having a filling placed. The pain often associated with root-canals is caused by the infection, which is relieved with endodontic treatment.
You may be curious about whether or not your general dentist can provide endodontic treatment. While your general dentist may be able to perform a root canal, an endodontist has two to three additional years of schooling and training.
This specialized experience ensures a greater level of precision in diagnosis and treatment.
In fact, did you know that endodontists perform 25 root canal treatments each week? In comparison, according to the American Association of Endodontics (AAE), general dentists perform fewer than two root canals per week.
As one of the top dental schools in the nation, PDM is proud to be a leader in affordable, local endodontic care. The dental educators that stand behind each student dentist in the Penn Dental Medicine practice, are hands down, among the best in their fields. While your care is being administered by a well-trained student dentist, their hands and minds are being guided by the most experienced endodontic specialists.
To learn more about our PDM endodontic program, call us at 215-898-8965.