Can an Endodontist Perform a Root Canal on an Infected Tooth?

Root canal therapy is a common type of endodontic care provided by endodontists for patients who have an infected tooth. Learn more about how endodontists can help diagnose and treat dental abscesses.

Can an Endodontist Perform a Root Canal on an Infected Tooth?

Root canal therapy is a common type of endodontic care provided to patients who have an infected tooth. The process requires an endodontist to drill a small hole in the tooth in order to eliminate all of the infection. Endodontists are specialists when it comes to dealing with infected teeth and root canals. While a dentist can help identify an abscess, an endodontist is specifically trained to perform the cleaning and disinfection needed for treatment.Endodontists have extensive experience in root canal therapy, which means a better procedure and a better outcome.

Endodontic offices are also better equipped to handle emergency appointments, meaning you get treatment right away. Root canals are often used to treat teeth with abscesses, as the procedure is used to enter the tooth and eliminate any unwanted bacteria or growing infections.An endodontic treatment that treats a dental abscess before it gets worse will prevent the patient from suffering life-threatening complications. Diagnosing a tooth infection isn't always easy, as simple cavities and other dental problems can sometimes look like an infection or an abscess. Endodontists have the training and experience needed to diagnose root canal inflammation or infection, and may recommend root canal therapy if needed.

Endodontists are wary of infections when it comes to root canals.Some infections, which can be caused by an abscess, form before endodontics is performed, while other infections occur after the endodontic procedure has been completed. Endodontists are not only better equipped to treat dental problems such as dental abscesses, but also to diagnose teeth with abscesses. The endodontist can also use diagnostic tests, such as x-rays and CT scans, to determine if the infection has progressed to other areas. While both general dentists and endodontists can perform root canal treatment, endodontists perform this procedure much more frequently.Endodontists are also experts at administering anesthetic medications, especially for patients who have had problems in the past with falling asleep and staying sleepy.

Thanks to contemporary advances in endodontics, professional endodontics can use innovative technology to treat and save teeth that have suffered damage to the soft tissue of the tooth roots. Endodontists who have performed countless endodontics have the training and experience needed to perform the technique with optimal results. Endodontists are dental specialists who can diagnose complex causes of dental pain, such as infection.Endodontists have the materials and equipment they need to make treatments more comfortable and successful. If a patient is diagnosed with a tooth abscess, this means that the nerve in the tooth has been infected and, if left untreated, the infection will continue to spread to the surrounding bone.

In such cases, endodontic surgery called apicectomy can be performed to remove damaged tissue. An endodontic procedure is normally performed in one or two visits to the endodontist.For more information on root canal procedures and infections, make an appointment with Penn Dental Family Practice or call us at 215-898-PDFP (733). With their extensive experience in root canal therapy and access to advanced technology, endodontists are well-equipped to provide patients with effective treatment for infected teeth.