Dental Specialty: Endodontics at Centre Dentaire Anjou
If there are specialties in the dental world that are less known to the public, endodontics is certainly one of them. However, this dental speciality’s intervention is sometimes necessary to save a tooth whose integrity is compromised, either as a result of trauma or deep tooth decay. At Centre Dentaire Anjou, we are proud to have dentists specializing in endodontics among our team, who will provide you with care that is as precise as it is effective. We invite you to read on to find out what this dental specialty is about and the situations in which the intervention of an endodontist may be necessary.
What Is an Endodontist?
In Quebec, 10 specialties are recognized by the Ordre des Dentistes du Québec. As is the case for physician specialists (oncologists, neurologists, gastroenterologists, etc.), general dentists who have completed their training in dentistry can continue their studies in one of the specialties of modern dentistry, including endodontics. Thus, an endodontist has completed an additional training of 2 to 3 years in endodontics to obtain this title of dental specialist. Endodontics is the specialty of dentistry that treats infections of the canal (nerve) of the teeth, that is, the dental pulp and peri radicular tissues. These are the parts of our teeth that contain the blood vessels and nerves which are essential for tooth growth and health. A tooth fracture, deep decay, or other oral pathologies can cause inflammation or infection of the root canal system of a tooth. In many cases, this results in severe pain and endodontic intervention is necessary to provide relief to the patient and to prevent the infection from spreading.
Endodontist VS general dentist
It is important to understand that general dentists receive training for endodontic care when completing their doctorate in dentistry. They can therefore perform root canals and other endodontic treatments. However, it is not uncommon for a general dentist to refer a patient with a more complex case to a specialist. To do this, they must consider the seriousness of their patient’s case, based on their qualifications as a general dentist. To relieve their patients of pain and to allow their tooth to continue to perform its full function, endodontists use technologies that allow increased precision and thoroughness (such as a microscope), both for diagnosis and for treatment.
Indeed, it is through precise techniques and thanks to extensive training in endodontics that this specialist is able to precisely plan their interventions to access the root canal system of the tooth in order to treat and to eliminate all traces of infection.
The Main Endodontic Treatments
Endodontists at Centre Dentaire Anjou can perform various procedures, which always have the objective of allowing their patients to preserve the integrity of their teeth and allow them to continue to perform their functions. Here are the most frequent endodontic treatments performed by our specialists.
Root canal treatment :Also called “endodontic treatment” or “root canal therapy” this intervention aims to clean the dental pulp (nerve) and the canals of a tooth that has suffered an infection, whether as a result of decay or trauma. The treated tooth is then sealed by the endodontist and it is not uncommon for a dental crown to be designed to protect the tooth (this step is performed by a general dentist).
Endodontic surgery:Sometimes a root canal treatment cannot remove all traces of an infection. In some cases, endodontic surgery can reach the end of the tooth root, called the “apex” and the jawbone. We then proceed with the removal of the apex and seal the root with a filling. This helps prevent recurrence of infection.
Root canal retreatment:It may be necessary to perform a new root canal treatment when previous therapy has not eliminated all traces of infection.
Internal whitening :A tooth that has suffered a trauma or a major infection may subsequently show a grayish color that affects its appearance. The endodontist can place a special paste inside the root canal system, which is left in place for a few days before removing it during a second procedure. This internal treatment of the tooth makes it possible to whiten it and gives it a more aesthetic color.
If you have any questions about our endodontic services or if you would like to benefit from the expertise of our specialists, make an appointment today with the Centre Dentaire Anjou team!