Endodontic Clinic in Woodbridge VA
Ideal Endodontics’ experienced endodontists provide root canal treatments and other pain-relieving procedures. Visit us today for your oral health needs. We are located at 3102 Golansky Blvd, Suite 101, Woodbridge, VA 22192. For more information, contact us or request an appointment online.
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When tooth pain strikes, you should make an appointment to see a dentist as soon as possible. Before you go, you may have some questions about what kind of treatment you will have and why that may be the best. You may not like the idea of a root canal, even if it can save your tooth. A tooth extraction can be a simpler procedure, but it can leave an incomplete smile. Keeping all of your teeth in place has more advantages than just maintaining a complete smile. It can help keep the teeth around it in place and more healthy, as well.
An endodontist is a dentist who specializes in tooth pain, infections, and diseases. They have acquired extra training to diagnose and treat tooth pain. Their training gives them the skills needed to do root canals, which is a procedure done to save a decayed or infected tooth.
Endodontists are dentists. They have had two to three years of supplementary education beyond dental school. They also earn a Master of Science in dentistry. During their specialized training, they gain advanced tools for diagnosing and treating tooth pain.
Endodontists treat issues involving the inner part of the tooth. This is the area that is called the “tooth pulp.”The inner area of the tooth has blood vessels, connective tissue, and nerves. The inner part of the tooth can become inflamed or infected because of tooth decay, repeated dental work on the tooth, or traumatic injury to the tooth. When any of these things happen, an endodontist is a specialist who can help.
The primary procedure that endodontists perform is the root canal. In this procedure, they remove the nerve and pulp in the tooth that has become infected or damaged. If left untreated, the pulp will become inflamed and painful. This will cause the tooth to die.
A dentist is able to perform a root canal, but an endodontist will have more training and experience in this procedure. But your dentist may refer you to an endodontist for a few reasons:
• Bacterial infection can get into the pulp of the tooth. This happens with tooth decay or damage to the tooth. This is one of the most common reasons people will see an endodontist.
• Tooth sensitivity and pain to heat and cold.
• Tooth injuries, such as a tooth being knocked from its socket or completely knocked out. An endodontist can put the tooth back in place, stabilize it and then treat anything other issues at that time.
Chipped or fractured teeth are best treated by an endodontist. Root canals are often necessary if a large portion of the tooth is missing and leaves the pulp exposed to bacteria.
Knowing the risks of a root canal and extraction may help you make the best decision.
The risks of a root canal include:
• If the root canal doesn’t completely rid the tooth of the bacteria, you may need additional appointments to correct this. This is quite rare, however.
• Your tooth will be weaker after the root canal procedure. This makes it more susceptible to fractures. A high-quality crown can reduce this significantly.
• Some groups claim that root canals can cause systemic illness. There is little reliable evidence that supports this and what is available is questionable.
Tooth extraction risks are greater than those for root canals and include:
• The bone that supported the tooth will lose its mass and volume.
• Adjacent teeth can move from their proper place and cause a misaligned bite.
• The risk of losing more teeth increases after an extraction.
In most cases, it is better to have root canal therapy than to have it extracted. There are exceptions to this, especially if the tooth has severe damage. Your endodontist can help you make the best decision. Ideal Endodontics can help you understand the risks and benefits better. There is no need to deal with tooth pain, and we can help. We are located at 3102 Golansky Blvd, Suite 101, Woodbridge, VA 22192. For more information, Contact us or request an appointment online. We serve patients from Woodbridge VA, Manassas VA, Dumfries VA, Lorton VA, Springfield VA, and Stafford VA.