Endodontists specialize in the diagnosis and treatment of dental problems that stem from the root canal making them the ideal choice to treat an abscessed tooth.
Though most toothaches can be written off as temporary inflammation that will eventually heal, it is important to consider the possibility that it might be something more serious. For instance, if ongoing pain is paired with other symptoms like swelling in the gums or sensitivity when chewing, you may have an abscessed tooth. An abscessed tooth occurs “…when the pulp (the soft tissue inside the root canal of a tooth) dies, becomes infected and inflamed and goes untreated.” (American Association of Endodontists) In the case that a patient or their dentist believes an abscess might be present, it’s best to get the opinion of an endodontist. Not only are endodontists more equipped to treat dental issues like abscessed teeth, but also to diagnose abscessed teeth. At Professional Endodontics, our specialists make it a top priority to stay up to date on the latest treatment methods and technologies to properly care for these kinds of issues.
Most Common Treatment Methods
If a patient is diagnosed with an abscessed tooth, this means that the tooth’s nerve has become infected and, if untreated, the infection will continue to spread to the surrounding bone. Receiving prompt treatment is key in avoiding tooth extraction, and in some cases prevent life threatening infections.
In cases where an endodontist believes the tooth can be saved, he will recommend one of the following two treatment plans:
- Root Canal – Though often feared as a painful procedure, root canal treatment has evolved over time to become fairly quick and painless. Most root canals are completed in two appointments or less. During the treatment, the infected or inflamed pulp within the tooth’s root canal is removed. Then the endodontist thoroughly disinfects, cleans, and shapes the canal before filling and capping the tooth with a crown.
- Endodontic Surgery – This is the recommended treatment plan for more severe cases. However, endodontic surgery can mean a number of things; the most common being apicoectomy. Rather than clearing the infected tissue by going through the root canal, apicoectomy approaches the infection from the gum tissue near the tooth. The tissue is carefully opened to see the underlying bone and all infected or inflamed tissue is removed. The opening is then properly disinfected and sealed.
At Professional Endodontics, our staff is constantly educating themselves on the latest updates in endodontic care. Also, we make it a priority to equip our specialists with the newest technology and most efficient instruments. Consider Professional Endodontics when experiencing more serious dental issues.
About Professional Endodontics
Professional Endodontics has been exceeding the standard of care in Wayne and Macomb counties for over 50 years. The team specializes with treating issues with the inside of the tooth and goes out of its way to provide a safe easy environment for patients. Each member of the practice is dedicated to providing excellence in patient care and values high-quality relationships with referring dentists and specialists. Each endodontist at Professional Endodontics has been individually chosen as Best Dentists. Thanks to contemporary advances in endodontics, Professional Endodontics is able to use innovative technology to treat and save teeth that have suffered damage to the soft tissue within the roots of the tooth.
Professional Endodontics now offers three state-of-the art facilities in Clinton Township, St. Clair Shores, and a fully renovated Southfield location in the Comerica Tower. All locations offer the latest in advanced dental deliver systems, microscopy, and digital radiography.
29201 Telegraph Road
Southfield, MI 48034