Root canal therapy repairs a severely decayed or injured tooth, and it’s often the last step before the extraction of the tooth is necessary. It’s true that your general dentist is qualified to perform root canals, but is that really the best choice? An endodontist is highly trained and experienced in performing root canal therapy. And when your tooth needs serious help, we know you want the best professional for the job. We’ve got good news: your endodontist in Tyson’s Corner is at Avanti Dental.
What Is An Endodontist?
All endodontists are general dentists, but few general dentists are endodontists. Just three percent of dentists have completed the education to become endodontists. An endodontist has at least two years’ advanced training beyond dental school. Their study is in the tissues inside the tooth, especially the diagnosis of tooth pain to save the tooth from extraction. Root canals, endodontic retreatment, traumatic dental injuries, and the placement of dental implants are all regularly performed by endodontists.
Comparing Endodontists and General Dentists
While general dentists can perform root canals and some other oral procedures, they may not be the best choice for your endodontic treatment. General dentists are busy with the numerous other demands of the dental office — like performing regular checkups, routine fillings, extractions, and other treatments. Some general dentists rarely perform root canal therapy. In fact, most endodontists complete up to 25 root canals per week. General dentists, by comparison, average just two root canals per week.
There’s also technology to consider. Because they are committed to providing root canal therapy and other endodontic procedures, it’s safe to assume that your endodontist office is outfitted with the best equipment and methods for performing state-of-the-art endodontic treatment.
On the Need for Endodontists in Root Canal Therapy
Root canal therapy deals with the tissues that live inside your tooth. It can be a complicated procedure that requires an expert level of care. The insides of our teeth are filled with nerves, canals, and hidden areas that can make the complete removal of infected tissue difficult. Unsuccessful root canals may continue to ache for years, before a second root canal or other root procedure is necessary. For the best outcomes in root canal treatment, patients should turn to an endodontist from the beginning.
The root canal procedure is performed under local anesthesia. Sedation dentistry is available as needed for additional relaxation. To begin the treatment, your endodontist evaluates the extent of the damage and puts together a treatment plan. Once you are completely comfortable, the procedure begins. Your endodontist accesses the inside of the tooth by drilling a small access hole. All diseased tissue is removed with a special hand tool. With the interior of the tooth completely clean, a biocompatible material refills the hollow space. A permanent filling and crown restore the strength of the tooth.
Your Endodontist Is At Avanti Dental
Your dentist in Tyson’s Corner is also the endodontist you should trust with your next root canal treatment. Contact our office to discuss your restorative dental care or to schedule an appointment today!