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Whats A Endodontist
Periodontist: A periodontist is a dentist who is specialized in the treatment of the supporting tissues of the teeth. In other words he treats the gums, jaw bone and periodontal ligament. They all have been trained in general dentistry before branching out into the field of periodontics. Some add implant treatment to their practice in their quest of helping patients have a full dentition. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
Endodontists are experts in treating diseases of the pulp and peri-apical tissues. They now do root canals under a microscope if they have remained current. Their procedures are mostly pain free with very positive results. They are proficient in treating difficult cases and know root anatomy better than anyone. They are also experts ...Read more
Holistic approach: Like all holistic practitioners, holistic dentists will look at your dental health in the context of you as a whole person & understands how dental issues can effect the rest of you. Holistic dentists emphasize non-toxic dental materials & are usually experts at how to safely remove mercury & other toxic materials from your teeth. See ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
Endodontist : Endodontist has specialized in root canals. They have the education and training to handle all aspects of root canal treatment. Many general dentists will do root canals but especially for the back teeth, molars, that are more complex it is better to go to the expert in the field. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Not in US schools.: Dmd and dds are two degrees offered by different dental schools. For dental schools in the United States the degrees are synonymous and reflect the same level and quality of education. I am unsure about the level of training required in foreign dental schools. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Surgical cutting: A fiberotomy or pericision is an orthodontic surgical procedure designed to cut/modify the gingival fibers around a tooth. It usually reduces the tendency to relapse of tooth rotations corrected by dental braces or other treatments. A fiberotomy involves the detachment of the fibers that attach the tooth to the bone via the gum. . To perform this procedure, the area around the tooth is numbed ...Read more
Either: A general dentist often can do the root canals, but many don't want to anymore. They may refer you in some instances if the dentist feels that the root canal is best done by a specialist. Decision often is made depending upon the difficulty and time management. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Another shot: There are different shots that can be given: in the back jaw, around the tooth, in the gum pockets of the tooth and down the canals in the root of the tooth. Sometimes some doctors may prescribe a valium or a sedative medication to help patients. Consult your endodontist. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
When an endodontist has to do a root canal through a tooth w/ a crown, why would he tell me to get a new crown?
Hole in existing one: When endodontists do a root canal on a tooth with an existing crown they must drill a hole through it. If the crown is porcelain then it is common for the porcelain to crack and break during the procedure and a new crown may be required. If the structural integrity of the crown is unaffected by the root canal then you should be able to have the access cavity to the root canal filled. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Can I see an endodontist for a consult (vs. periodontist) if a fistula is a result of tooth decay at/ inside the margin of a permanent crown?
Tooth decay: A tooth cavity is the result of bacterial action on the surface and core of a tooth. It erodes the enamel and dentum and in severe cases can infect the root and cause significant pain. It is best treated early by your dentist who can restore the tooth and protect it. If the root gets involved, a root canal treatment may necessary. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Drainage: If the abscess is large enough, it will need to be drained along with antibiotics. One problem is that the infection can easily spread along nerves and blood vessels. From the gums there is ready access to the brain and other sensitive structures. It is thought that king tut died of an oral abscess that spread to his brain. Don't delay, see you doc right away! ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Natural Drainage: A fistula is the body's mechanism to drain an infection. It appears as a hole/pimple above or in the area of an infection. They are not only found in the mouth, but are most commonly detected in the oral cavity. Your dentist has techniques that allow them to tract the fistula channel to discover the source of the infection and recommend treatment. If present, seek care ASAP. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
Specialist in perio: A periodontist is a dental specialist who received several years of education on periodontics after dental school. The periodontist is a specialist in all the structures of the mouth that "hold in" the teeth such as the gums, alveolar bone, periodontal ligament, etc. Periodontists treat gum disease, bone loss, gum recession, and many other issues. The dentist refers to perio for complex cases. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
High-Tech Material: Zirconia is a type of material used to make a crown. There are many other types, but zirconia is the strongest of the non-metallic materials. It looks nice and is very strong. For back teeth, it works nicely. It's been around for just a few years, so there aren't any long-term studies yet, but it looks very promising. If you don't want metal and still want durability, it seems like a good choice. ...Read moreSee 4 more doctor answers
Spinal Surgery: Microdiscectomy is a minimally invasive surgery to help take the pressure off a "pinched" nerve. The operation is done with a microscope and small incision to "shave" down the disc that is applying pressure upon a nerve. It can help to relieve pain and pressure upon a nerve and relieve pain radiating into the extremities. ...Read more
Slang: Dental slang , but commonly used by all, to refer to a removable acrylic / acrylic and wire prosthesis with one or more denture teeth attached to temporarily replace missing teeth. Think of a retainer with teeth. Mostly for holding space and appearance, not for function. Named this because often can be "flipped" out of place with the tongue. Temporary transitional partial denture -- TTP. Good Luck ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
If an endodontist is unsuccessful in his procedure, should you still pay him plus his partner to finish it?
When temp cement is used with a perm crown, and is later removed by an Endodontist to do RCT, approximately what are the odds it will break? Thanks.
About perforations: If your tooth has had a previous root canal, a perforation is a man-made opening in the side of the tooth or root. This is a complication that needs to be repaired in order for your tooth to be retained. Some perforations are not repairable and could result in the need for extraction. Those that are small and recent can often times be treated. Teeth without perforations generally last longer. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
Antibiotics: Usually by now the infection is healed if you completed your dental work. You should contact your doctor to make sure you don't need more treatment. ...Read more
Endo vs Perio: A endodontist is a dentist who specializes in the treatment of the nerve of teeth. He can surgically or through conventional root canal treatment save teeth from being lost. A periodontist is a dentist specialized in the treatment of the supporting tissues of the teeth, such as the gums, jaw bone and periodontal ligament. Both fields in dentistry are essential in saving teeth. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
When needed.: Usually there is pain and/or swelling that signals to a person that their tooth requires root canal treatment. Some teeth give little indication that there's a problem within their dental pulp or area around the roots. These cases are often discovered, unexpectedly, during a routine dental examination. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Yes: An endodontist or general dentist can perform diagnostic tests to determine if you need a root canal. Sometimes it can be very difficult to determine which tooth is causing pain, or in some cases if it is from a tooth at all. An endodontist or general dentist will be able to help you figure this out. ...Read moreSee 5 more doctor answers
Yes...: Unfortunately, every profession has its bad eggs, despite how many credentials on the wall. In fact, if there are too many, would worry about the self-confidence of the professional. Having said that, am not sure what you are basing your statement that the endodontist is 'inexperienced'. That is not an assessment you can likely make. Perhaps you are just pissed. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Something gone wrong: He wouldn't unless something went wrong, or is more complicated than originally thought, if simply gives up, and doesn't explain, and doesn't make an appropriate referral, (s)he has not performed service correctly. Go back to your general dentist, or find a good one if don't have. Important (opinion): for dental or general health problems, always c good generalist first (topic 4 blog 2 come). ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Ask questions: It is always wise to discuss the fees prior to starting treatment. Fees are often regional, but are largely determined by either 1) the maximum allowed fee based on contractual agreement with an insurance company or 2) whatever the dentist decides is fair. Root canal therapy fees vary widely. Some endodontists will spend more time on a case and charge more (good), some less time and charge more. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
My endodontist said my tooth has healed pretty good simce the day i had my root cank done, does that mean my tooth will still have discoloration?
Not necessarily: Not all root canaled teeth discolor. In fact, teeth root canaled early in the disease process rarely discolor as it is the byproducts of disease in a tooth that usually cause the discoloration. If the tooth begins to discolor, you can try internal bleaching or cover the tooth with a veneer or crown. Time will tell. Good luck! ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
"Endo"=inside: Endodontists treat problems related to the tissues located inside the tooth. When the dental pulp becomes inflamed or infected and is or will cause disease, the endodontist might perform root canal therapy to treat it. Other procedures include retreatment of root canals, or surgical treatment of root canals. Endodontists are also experts at addressing dental trauma, and often diagnosing pain. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Why would one endodontist go back in and redo a root canal his partner started>i saw films and it was a big redo.?
See prior answers ++: One of three reasons: (1) first dentist got into a problem that became beyond his expertise, and referred to his partner, who has more experience and expertise about the problem at hand (most likely; give them the benefit of the doubt). (2) this is a routine way of approaching root canal problems in that practice, and perhaps it wasn't and redo, but next stage. (3) $ (less likely. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
One of my molar roots fails to heal, so the endodontist suggested to amputate it after the 6th session. What does that mean?
Surgery: A root amp is like removing the weak link in a chain, preserving the chain. It is usually done on an upper molar that has 3 roots. The bad root is simply removed from the tooth and a 3 rooted tooth then becomes a 2 rooted tooth. Your dentist will know if this is appropriate for your tooth. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
I have asked endodontist for some of my personal medical dental records and they refused to give me all photos. Is that legal?
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