Dental Endodontics Spokane
Questions and Answers about Endodontists
Why Would a Visit to an Endodontist Be Necessary?
Endodontics can be described as a specialized dentistry field. It concentrates on diagnosing tooth pulp issues and treating them. The pulp is the soft inner tissue that act as lifelines for the tooth. They are comprised of connective tissues and small blood vessels. If a tooth pulp gets infected or inflamed, then an endodontist will treat the pulp in order to preserve your tooth.
A visit to an endodontist may be necessary if you:
- Have a cracked or broken tooth.
- Require gum or bone grafts.
- Are in need of re-treatment for your root canal, or require your first root canal.
Not every endodontic treatment is related to infection or deep decay. If tooth trauma is something you experience – perhaps by being hit during athletic activity or after you fracture a tooth in a vehicle accident, a visit to an endodontist may be necessary.
Will I Require Multiple Endodontic Treatments?
This answer is contingent on your situation. Our clinic’s endodontic team will try to provide you with a single-visit treatment. When it comes to root canal procedures and re-treatments – possibly necessary if procedures in the past have been unsuccessful – your endodontist will put together a treatment plan for you. This will be done on your first visit.
They’ll be able to conduct the whole endodontic surgical procedure, which includes the root canal, apicoectomy, or bone graft, in one visit. In the event that a crown will be needed afterward, they’ll be able to give you a short-term crown that remains in place while the permanent crown is being constructed. In such cases, one extra visit will be required in order to bond your crown into place.
How Long Is the Endodontic Procedure Recovery Time?
If root canals or other types of endodontic procedures are something you need to get, it isn’t unusual to experience some inflammation and pain in the area being treated afterward. Spending the day at home may be necessary until the sedation you’re under has completely worn off. To minimize your swelling, ice packs can be applied.
For the most part, you should be able to go back to work, resuming your everyday activities the very next day (or when you are feeling comfortable enough to). If stitches were involved – perhaps because of a tissue or bone graft procedure – then you may have to wait two days or so before you participate in exercise or other strenuous activities. Contemporary endodontic procedures are not very invasive, and, as such, you needn’t concern yourself with excessive downtime.
Our dental clinic’s endodontic team will do all that they are able to enhance your dental health and maintain it. If endodontic treatment is something you need, you can give us a call or request an appointment on our website.
Contact us today by calling the South Hill Office: 509-536-5360 or North Spokane Office: 509-466-9638. Feel free to call and ask us any questions relevant to oral health. Our staff of dental practitioners will be happy to respond and give you more insight into whatever you’re concerned about.