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When To See Your Endodontic Specialist

Endodontic specialists or endodontists are basically root canal experts. They specialize in preventing, diagnosing, and treating conditions and diseases of the tooth root, dental pulp, and surrounding oral tissues. The primary goal of our endodontics team here at DC Endodontics in Washington, D.C., Dr. Gael Delany, Dr. Naghmeh Latifi, or Dr. Julian Moiseiwitsch, is to help our patients preserve their real teeth with endodontic surgery and proper preventive care.

What Endodontists Do

Endodontists typically provide the following treatments and procedures:

  • Root Canal Therapy: A nonsurgical procedure used for removing the disease pulp and nerves inside an affected tooth. This entails cleaning out the infected root canal, removing diseased or decayed parts, filling it in, and then sealing it.
  • Apicoectomy: Also called root-end resection, this is surgery to remove the diseased tissues and root tip.
  • Root Surgery: This entails repairing and removing the diseased root and neighboring tissue.
  • Intentional Replantation: This involves surgically removing, treating, and replacing a tooth.
  • Tooth Extraction: This is commonly the last resort in cases where a tooth can’t be saved through endodontic treatment.

Your endodontics team in Washington, D.C., likewise performs various tests, including:

  • Oral Examination: This includes your medical and dental history. Basically, this involves inspecting your mouth for cracks or chips on the teeth, signs of decay, as well as abnormal tissue.
  • Imaging Tests: For assessing decay and other issues. These can include x-rays and CT scans.
  • Diagnostic Surgery: This is utilized for detecting issues that x-rays can’t pick up.
  • Sensitivity Tests: This includes tooth tapping and temperature sensitivity testing.
  • Pulp Test: For helping diagnose and evaluate the tooth pulp’s condition and determine whether a tooth is savable. The pulp is basically the soft tissue inside the teeth and it contains nerves and blood vessels.

When To Visit Your Endodontist

If you experience any of the following conditions and symptoms, visit your endodontist for a checkup:

  • Gum bleeding, swelling, or inflammation related to an abscess or tooth infection
  • A cracked, fractured, or chipped tooth
  • Tender or swollen lymph nodes
  • Prolonged sensitivity to cold or hot foods or liquids
  • Tooth, jaw, and/or mouth tenderness or pain even when you’re not chewing or putting any pressure on the affected site

Call Us For More Details or Questions About Our Endodontic Services

Get in touch with your endodontics specialist in Washington, D.C., Dr. Gael Delany, Dr. Naghmeh Latifi, or Dr. Julian Moiseiwitsch, DC Endodontics of DC Endodontics by dialing (202) 364-0234.

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