Have you been told that you need root canal treatment or root canal therapy and you’re now wondering whether there’s a difference between the two, or if you’ll need to see a dental specialist? If so, Tamarack Dental Associates wants to answer those questions!
Generally, there is no difference. The two terms are sometimes used interchangeably to describe the same procedure: removal of the inner tissue –also known as pulp – to restore a tooth that has infected roots or has become abscessed.
The procedure can be performed by general dentists, as well as multi-specialty dentists such as Tamarack Dental Associates, in most instances. However, if the roots of your tooth are abnormally shaped or your condition is otherwise classified as complicated, there may be instances when a patient is referred to an endodontist.
Although there’s only one sure way to determine whether or not your smile and pain level will benefit from the procedure – which is through a dental exam – there are some common symptoms that a dental abscess might be at the root of your problem. Symptoms include pain, extreme temperature sensitivity, discomfort when you chew, swollen lymph nodes, and the appearance of a pus pocket on the gums near the affected tooth.
Keep in mind, however, that not every patient will experience symptoms. In some cases, the need for root canal treatment is evident to the dental staff through examination or x-rays of your jaw. Early detection such as this is often preferred since it can help mitigate complications during the root canal procedure.
If you’d like to learn more about root canal therapy, such as the procedure time and post-procedure care, the dental care team at Tamarack Dental Associates would love to answer all of your questions.