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Why I might need to see an Endodontist

Why you might need to see an Endodontist

Endodontic treatment or root canal treatment is carried out when the tooth is without vitality or with acute inflammation. 

A tooth may become inflamed or start to die off through deep decay in the tooth that has not been treated or through a crack or chip in the tooth.

There could be some indications that you need a root treatment on your tooth. These could be serious pain in the tooth when you bite down whilst eating or if you put pressure on the tooth. Your dentist is able to check the vitality of your tooth by taking an x-ray or sometimes during a clinical view.

In the case that you do require a root treatment this can be carried out by an Endodontist. Endodontists  are specialized  dentists that have had extra training in only doing root therapies, so have more expertise than a general dentist. Endodontists are able to have a look at the x-ray and obtain a good notion of the root canal’s condition. However, there are some times when the roots may present an obstruction or have very calcified (hidden)  or  curved canals making the procedure a little more complicated.

Endodontic specialists are qualified with techniques and accessories for the success of root treatments in a safer way; they also have a deeper and broader view of the canals using an endodontic microscope. 

With knowledge, equipment, and correct accessories, the endodontist could apply the ideal treatment specific to each diagnosis and patient taking into account the individual peculiarities of each tooth.

Tooth Grinding

Tooth Grinding

Do you wake up in the morning or through the night with a sore jaw, sore teeth or a slight headache?
You could be grinding your teeth!!!

Bruxism or teeth grinding as it is more commonly known, can cause damage to your teeth and other problems with your oral health if it is something you find yourself doing on a regular basis.

Teeth grinding mostly occurs when you are asleep. It can be caused during times of stress or if you are anxious about something. For example, people who are studying or have important exams may grind their teeth at night more often.

Of course, it is difficult to know if you are grinding your teeth as it happens when you are sleeping. However, a headache or jaw pain when you wake up can occur if you have been grinding. Your teeth may also begin to have some wear on them from grinding.

Your dentist is able to construct a splint for your teeth to help you stop damaging your teeth at night. Splints provide a layer of support between your upper and lower teeth which protects the jaw muscles from the tensions that occur during teeth grinding. Dental splints can be made to fit your mouth comfortably, however, they still provide enough cushioning to protect your teeth, support the jaw and prevent the discomfort of facial aches

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