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What is an Endodontist in Birmingham?

An endodontist is the dental specialty which is concerned with the study of the dental pulp. If a patient visits their local dentist they may be referred to an endodontist. General dentists may be unable to complete some root canal treatments and therefore sent to an endodontist ( some dentists may have links to certain endodontist surgeries). ‘Endodontic’ directly translates to endo meaning ‘inside’ and ‘odont’ meaning tooth. An individual may have to undergo root canal treatment if they have lost either one or several teeth. A patient may lose teeth through an incident, such as a car or bicycle accident. If a patient is missing one tooth, a simple dental implant and crown can be fitted, if more than one is missing it may be more complicated.

Why may I require endodontics in Birmingham?

As a patient, you may require root canal work (or ‘endodontics’) if the blood supply or the nerve supply to the tooth is infected through either tooth decay, or injury. If an infection is iminent within the pulp of the tooth, this may possibly spread further to the ‘root canal system’ which can later on lead to an abscess.

What happens if this root canal work (or endodontics in Birmingham) is not carried out?

If this treatment is nor carried out swiftly, more severe dental work may have to be done, such as a complete removal of the tooth.

What if I am a nervous patient?

If you are an individual who associated your local practice or surgery with anxiety, you may be assured to know that this treatment causes little discomfort. Individuals may feel anxious about visiting their local dentist or orthodontist for a variety of reasons, one of which being an irrational fear (phobia). An individual who has had a negative experience at a young age concerning the dentist (such as a filling) may also fear their dentist. A local anesthetic can be given as well as a numbing cream which can be adhered before the surgery.

How long will the treatment take?

The time of your treatment will vary greatly depending on the severity of your case, such as the amount of teeth which are being removed. If there is a higher amount of nerve cnaals, the treatment will take longer, such as molars with three to five nerve canals, this process can take up to two hours.

What can I expect from a root canal treatment?

During a root canal treatment we aim to preserve as much of the tooth as possible (as well as aiming to prevent the infection spreading further). The aim of the surgery is to remove any of the infection from the root canal. A temporary filling is placed within the root of the tooth in order to allow the tooth to settle. Later on within the treatment process a permanent dental implant will be placed within the mouth, but only if the infection is completely cleared. Typically, each patient will have more than one session in order to complete this procedure, a local anesthetic will be given to ensure the lowest level of discomfort is achieved.

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