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Why Might My Dentist Refer Me to an Endodontist?

Why Might My Dentist Refer Me to an Endodontist?

Your dentist might refer you to an endodontist for complex root canal treatments, unresolved dental pain diagnosis, traumatic dental injuries, or access to specialized equipment and techniques. Dr. Ali Manesh, DMD, and Dr. Moein Darjani, DDS, along with their skilled team at Ideal Endodontics, specialize in advanced endodontic care. Endodontists are skilled in saving teeth through advanced procedures and can address emergencies promptly, providing specialized care tailored to your dental needs. For more information, please contact us or book an appointment online. We have convenient locations to serve you in Washington, DC, and Woodbridge, VA.

Why Might My Dentist Refer Me to an Endodontist? | Ideal Endodontics
Why Might My Dentist Refer Me to an Endodontist? | Ideal Endodontics

Table of Contents:

What does a general dentist offer?
Why am I being referred for a root canal?
When should a patient visit an endodontist?
What does a tooth that needs a root canal feel like?

There are a variety of dental professionals who are all specially trained to perform a variety of procedures, with general dentists being the most well-known of dental professionals and being the experts who can provide their patients with referrals to other professionals when more specialized care is recommended, such as for an endodontist.

What does a general dentist offer?


A general dentist offers their patients a wide range of dental services, particularly services that can be categorized as preventative care such as cleanings, fillings, and regular physical examinations. They are also qualified to perform a variety of dental procedures, including teeth whitening, dental crowns, dental implants, and root canals, however, they will typically refer patients with complex dental needs that require more specialized care to an endodontist, including if a patient needs a more complicated root canal. Even if you are receiving specialized care from other types of dental professionals, you will still be recommended to continue receiving regular check-ups from your general dentist and they will still be the primary point of contact for most dental concerns, coordinating all components of your personalized dental care to ensure that the overall health of your teeth and gums is properly protected.

Why am I being referred for a root canal?


If you need a root canal, it is common for your general dentist to be able to perform the procedure if they can do so, as long as the procedure will not need to be more complex due to the severity or state of the affected tooth or teeth. If your general dentist cannot perform an urgent root canal or your tooth is severely infected or damaged, making the required root canal more complex than normal, they will likely refer you to an endodontist to receive the procedure. An endodontist specializes in more complex dental procedures and will be the best provider available to perform a complex root canal. Some reasons why you may be referred to an endodontist for a root canal include if your tooth is significantly damaged or infected if there is severe tooth decay, or if the affected tooth is cracked or broken. Root canals are typically only recommended when no other less-invasive treatment options will be sufficient to save the tooth, but it is not so severe yet that the tooth needs to be removed entirely.

When should a patient visit an endodontist?


Patients will typically be recommended to visit an endodontist by their general dentist or can visit one on their own if they require more specialist care than what a general dentist can offer. Specifically, endodontists provide specialized care for issues relating to the internal structures of the tooth, such as the roots and the pulp. Some common symptoms you may be experiencing that will likely warrant a visit to an endodontist include persistent tooth pain, sensitivity to cold or hot temperatures, tenderness around the affected tooth or teeth when chewing or biting, and swelling around the tooth. All of these symptoms are signs that you may have an infection or other types of damage within the inner structures of the tooth. Damage or infection usually affects the pulp or roots of the teeth if there is significant damage to the external structure of the tooth, such as a severe chip or fracture, or if the tooth has incurred significant decay or an infection.

A root canal will be a more intensive treatment option that is performed purely to save the natural tooth when less invasive options will no longer provide sufficient benefits, such as fillings or crowns. If a root canal is deemed the best course of treatment for you, it will be able to not only save the tooth but also relieve any symptoms or discomfort that is being experienced.

What does a tooth that needs a root canal feel like?


There are some signs and symptoms that often indicate a tooth likely needs a root canal, including:

• Sensitivity to extreme temperatures
• Pain when pressure is applied to the tooth or surrounding teeth
• Swelling within the gums surrounding the affected tooth
• A small bump develops on the gums

These symptoms will not be sufficient in definitively determining if you need a root canal but are enough to warrant a visit with a specialist to determine if a root canal will be the best course of treatment to relieve these symptoms, to repair the affected tooth, and to prevent the condition from worsening.

Whether you require complex root canal therapy, diagnosis of unresolved dental pain, or management of traumatic dental injuries, we are here to address your needs with expertise and compassion. Trust Ideal Endodontics for specialized care that preserves your natural teeth and promotes your overall oral health and well-being. We have two convenient locations to serve you in Washington, DC, and Woodbridge, VA. For more information, please contact us or book an appointment online. We serve patients from Washington DC, Woodbridge VA, Arlington VA, Lorton VA, Manassas VA, Springfield VA, Alexandria VA, and Silver Spring MD.

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