When Would You See An Endodontist?

An endodontist is a dentist that specializes in treating dental problems that involve the inner core of teeth; this soft tissue is called the pulp. Although all dentists have received training in diagnosing problems in the pulp chamber, an endodontist in Chicago, having had a couple of years of additional training, is best suited to treat what can be, difficult problems.

The primary procedure that an endodontist will deal with is a root canal, although a family dentist may be able to perform a simple root canal procedure, more difficult cases are best handled by a specialist.

What takes place during a root canal procedure?

When a tooth is decayed and the decay is not treated the pulp in the middle of the tooth can become inflamed and often becomes infected. Although decay is the leading cause of pulp inflammation the same can be caused by a cracked or broken tooth. Whatever the cause, the solution is to undertake a root canal procedure.

To perform a root canal the endodontist in Chicago will first open the top of the target tooth. Once the pulp has been exposed, small files are used to slowly remove the tissue. In the majority of cases the procedure will take a couple of visits; during the first visit the tissue will be removed and the resulting hole will be filled material somewhat like rubber. During the next visit the endodontist will fit a crown. As a root canal obviously weakens the tooth, a crown is necessary to ensure that the tooth does not fracture.

Rate of success:

Root canals are almost always a success, only about five percent fail and the tooth has to be extracted. A successful root canal, once the crown is fitted, will last for many years.

If your dentist finds that you need root canal therapy chances are that he or she will suggest you see an endodontist in Chicago for this specialized treatment. You are invited to make an appointment with Dental Specialists of South Loop at their website Follow us on twitter.

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