Examining the role of an endodontist in Birmingham
Updated: Jul 30, 2019
When you are in immense pain that differs from a toothache, you do not want to scramble around blindly trying to find someone to manage and reduce your pain, least of all a practitioner who is ill-equipped to treat your symptoms.
Finding an endodontist before a tooth emergency hits is in your best interests, and that is where we come in.
Who are we? St Pauls Square Dental Practice. Our team offers a wide range of services that include pain management and root canal therapies, in the case of acute agony.
The anatomy of a tooth
The tooth is made up of hard parts, dentin and enamel, and the softer bits, which are the pulp, and other components such as the cementum and periodontal ligament tissue.
An endodontist specialises in the pulp of the tooth, specifically diseased or damaged pulp.
Pulp that is infected is the direct result of poor health practices and can be cured with a range of procedures, one being root canal surgery.
What can an endodontist in Birmingham do to treat pain?
Endodontists like to refer to themselves as 'tooth savers’ if they cannot come up with a solution to your tooth problems, it is likely that the tooth is not salvageable and will have to be extracted.
That said when you visit an endodontist complaining about severe toothache, their first port of call is to provide temporary relief from it while trying to find its source. It is easier to treat the pain once we know where it comes from.
When does a person need root canal surgery performed?
Often, the infection of the pulp will spread throughout the root canal and if left untreated, can cause an abscess.
The diseased pulp must be taken out to preserve the tooth and prevent the infection from spreading.
A root canal is a three-part procedure typically performed by an endodontist in Birmingham.
Your first appointment with us involves removing the pulp, and cleaning and disinfecting the site, which would now be wholly pulp-free. The space is either filled with a temporary filling or left to drain until your next visit.
The second and third visit includes removing the temporary filling and filling the hole with a permanent one and placing a crown over the tooth to reinforce it and prevent germs from re-entering the site.
Save yourself the pain and discomfort by sticking to the basics of dental hygiene
An endodontist might have the ability to save your tooth, but would you not rather avoid the painful experience altogether?
As we previously mentioned, diseased pulp is caused by a lack of dental hygiene. Follow the best practices to prevent tooth decay.
Brush your teeth twice a day for two to three minutes each time
Flossing is mandatory, not an optional extra
Visit the dentist bi-annually
Stick to a healthy diet with limited sugar intake
Suffering from extreme discomfort that an ordinary dentist cannot fix? Our endodontist in Birmingham will get to the bottom of your issue.