Dental implants can make a smile look fabulous – I know I have them. However, if you are just thinking about getting them, you may have a lot of questions. You may be wondering how smoking affects implants, whether or not wine will stain them, if they can be whitened or other concerns. I also know from experience that it can be intimidating to ask some of these questions to your dentist. In my dental implant blog, I am going to answer the questions that can be hard to ask. I hope you find the info you need in this blog and that it guides you to the right decision about dental implants. Thanks for reading!
When you begin experiencing tooth pain, your first reaction may be to either self treat it or to see your general dentist as soon as possible. If you have chronic tooth pain, you may want to consider other options. This is especially true if you have continued tooth pain regardless of how many times you see your general dentist and have the immediate issue fixed. Instead of visiting your general dentist the next time your tooth hurts, consider an endodontist for these reasons.
Full Treatment Options
One of the key reasons that people use an endodontist is because their specialization is in diagnosing oral pain and treating it fully, rather than a treatment for the initial issue. For example, if you are having ongoing tooth pain, your dentist may remove the tooth that is causing the most pain rather than treating the whole area to prevent further pain. An endodontist would determine how long you have been having the pain, what the main cause of that pain is, and perform a root canal or other service to stop the current pain and prevent future pain.
Saving the Tooth
If you have tooth pain and you go to a general dentist, one of the services they may offer is for you to have the tooth removed instead of receiving extensive treatment. This may be due to insurance issues, cost, or simply because you may want the pain to end and the tooth removal would not be noticeable due to its placement. If you go to an endodontist, their goal is to save the tooth or teeth. The work to find the best full treatment option, which likely will include a root canal, in order to allow you to keep your teeth and maintain your oral health.
A benefit of going to an endodontist, that appeals to many patients, is the ability to access state of the art dental technology. Because the endodontist focuses on the internal health of the tooth or teeth, and saving the tooth, their equipment is usually more advanced than a general dentist. Where a general dentist may have an x-ray machine and a few in house services, an endodontist would have infrared technology as well as fiber optics to assist in the diagnosis and treatment process.
These are just three of the reasons you may want to skip the general dentist and go straight to an endodontist. One thing to remember is to check your insurance coverage prior to making an appointment. You may find that a referral is needed based on your insurance provider.