When tooth decay or cracking exposes the pulp of your tooth, intense pain follows. As infections form, the pulp becomes enflamed, and because of the tight space inside your tooth, the nerves get smashed against the enamel, which causes the pain. Once the pulp becomes infected, the typical choice is to perform a root canal. While a standard dentist can perform a root canal, there are advantages to be gained by trusting your root canal to an endodontist.
What to Expect from a Dentist?
A dentist should be trained in how to handle root canals, but it is only part of their overall training. You can think of a dentist as a general practitioner—versed in many procedures, but specialist in none. Because of the need to handle a variety of dental procedures, a dentist's office will typically not have all of the machinery required to create in-house crowns, and thus, you will have to have a temporary crown while the dentist sends impressions of your teeth to a lab. Furthermore, a dentist will have instruments that can be used for root canals as well as other procedures. This can mean that the dentist is not able to do as precise or intricate work as someone who is working with speciality tools.
What to Expect from an Endodontist?
"Endo" means inside and "dont" refers to the tooth. Thus, an endodontist specializes in caring for the pulp inside a tooth. Rather than practicing a variety of procedures to gain a basic proficiency, an endodontist specializes in caring for the inside of a tooth. Thus, a pulp specialist should receive training in all the newest and best ways to perform a root canal. Furthermore, you can expect an endodontist to have the tools and skills to perform the entire root canal including attaching and shaping the permanent crown in one visit. Thus, if you want the best work without worrying about scheduling repeat visits, you should visit an endodontist.
If you have the time, you may wish to go to your normal dentist to schedule two visits to perform a root canal. Furthermore, if the damaged tooth is located at the back of your mouth, then precise, clean work may not be as necessary. On the other hand, if you don't have a lot of time, or you have to work on a tooth at the front of your mouth, you will want to contact an endodontist for a quick, beautiful root canal.