When you are in need of dental care, you may run into a wide range of problems that require treatment from a dentist or dental specialist. At Lombard Dental Studio, we provide endodontic care for patients in and around Thousand Oaks, CA.
Endodontics is the practice of performing and preparing for root canals. While a root canal is often the butt of jokes — as if it’s the worst thing that can happen to you —it can also be the beginning of improved dental health.
Endodontists spend an extra two years in a residency program in order to learn how to complete endodontic procedures. When you visit an endodontist, they often have a specialized office with quite a lot of specialized equipment — equipment designed specifically for root canals and similar procedures.
A tooth is very small, but it is also hollow. While there are 32 teeth that all seem to be the same, they are not. There are 16 different types of teeth — a row on top and on the bottom.
Aside from the configuration of your teeth, the hollow portion of your tooth has tissue called the pulp. This pulp attaches to a nerve that moves down into your jaw. If you are to remove a tooth, you must also remove the pulp and nerves. This is why we call the procedure a root canal.
Because the process is so complex, you come to an endodontist who can properly and safely perform a root canal. Moreover, you need a dental specialist who can monitor your progress after the root canal is complete.
Bacteria can easily enter these open spaces and cause an infection. With the help of an endodontist, you can prevent these issues from occurring and/or lingering long after the procedure is complete.
You should visit an endodontist at the recommendation of your general dentist.
When you must have a tooth removed in an uncomplicated case, your dentist can remove it on their own. However, your dentist might refer you to an endodontist because the endodontist can complete the procedure more efficiently. Plus, an endodontist must complete all complex root canals and removals because nerves and blood vessels are often difficult to see or work around.
Endodontists can perform any procedure that relates to the health of the tooth, its roots, or nerves.
At Lombard Dental Studio in Thousand Oaks, CA, Endodontists can check for root damage, nerve damage, or the health of a broken tooth. Yes, a dentist could “repair” the tooth, but an endodontist would prefer to check for any signs of infection or indications that the tooth should be removed rather than repaired.
Root canals do not have a 100% success rate because results vary from patient to patient. Aside from standard procedures and treatments, endodontists must care for patients who had unsuccessful procedures or developed complications.
Yes! at Lombard Dental Studio in Thousand Oaks, your endodontist will use local or general anesthesia depending on the nature of the procedure and your level of anxiety. Some people naturally fall asleep due to the anesthesia, but others will require a higher level of anethesia that helps them gently fall asleep and avoid (what they perceive to be) the terrible experience of a root canal or other endodontic procedure.
Endodontists do not generally perform procedures that a general dentist will do. Yes, your dentist and endodontist will work closely with one another, but they have different jobs.
Contact our friendly and knowledgeable team today. If you live in or near Thousand Oaks, we are happy to schedule a consultation, treatment, or followup for any number of endodontic services.