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The difference between a dentist and endodontist in Birmingham

Although it may not seem like it, not all dentists are general dental practitioners there is actually a distinction between the types of staff you can encounter when you visit our practice for treatments.

An endodontist in Birmingham is different from your normal dentist as they spend more time training in specialisations in their field, such as complex procedures or surgical treatments like root canals. To better explain the differences, here are a few extra details about how an endodontist is different from a normal dentist.


They have extra qualifications


One of the main distinctions between the two roles is that whilst a dentist will complete four years of dental school first, someone studying in the field of endodontics will have to go through a further two to three years of extra education.


These additional classes involve looking into the biological side of your oral health as they focus on things like the diagnosing of oral pain and the health of the pulp of your gums. They also cover diseases that occur in the teeth that range from the minor to the serious, as well as how to treat them effectively.


They can use advanced dental technology


Because of their specialised training an endodontist in Birmingham will have access to more advanced machines and equipment for performing treatments. This is because of the additional training they go through on how to operate them and the best ways patients will be able to benefit from them.


Through the continued advancement of technology in the industry, our expert team at St Pauls Square Dental Practice are able to provide cutting edge treatments to make your smile look great for longer.


They provide specific treatments


Whilst general dentists perform maintenance, diagnosis and cleaning, a practitioner of endodontics will focus on issues surrounding your gums and your oral health. They also do not replace teeth, instead they perform various complex procedures that are more in depth than your standard removal.


This could be anything from a root canal treatment, as we mentioned previously, to an apicoectomy whereby they remove the root at the end of your tooth. This is normally performed if it’s become inflamed and starts to cause a patient a lot of pain.


They also provide patients with treatments focussed around oral or tooth disease such as gingivitis or more serious infections that can result in bone degradation or worse.


They know how to manage pain


Using specific techniques and treatments they’re also able to manage your pain efficiently through the administering of medication to numb and treat the area being worked on throughout your various treatments. This is why it’s more common for you to work with one of these practitioners when you’re going through procedures such as root canals, as these can have quite a bit of discomfort involved.


Hopefully this has helped to clear up the difference between the two. A good way to think of it is to compare a surgeon to a GP, one is more specialised than the other. If you would like to know more, you can always contact us at our practice, as our endodontist would only be too happy to speak with you.

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