Posts for: July, 2017

By Franklin L. Gordon, Jr., D.D.S., M.S., M.S.
July 27, 2017
Category: Oral Health
Tags: Endodontist  

Endodontists, also known as root canal specialists, treat inflamed or infected teeth, helping you avoid tooth loss. Flint, MI, endodontist Dr. endodontistFrank Gordon explains how you can benefit from the services of an endodontist.

What do endodontists do?

Endodontists remove tooth pulp during root canal therapy. Without the therapy, inflamed or infected teeth will eventually need to be pulled. Root canals relieve pain and prevent tooth loss. Endodontists are dentists who specialize in root canal treatment. In order to become an endodontist, dentists must complete two years of additional training after finishing dental school.

What are the benefits of seeing an endodontist?

Visiting an endodontist offers several advantages, including:

  • Expert Care: Thanks to their training, endodontists have the skills needed to address any issues that may arise during a root canal. Whether your case is simple or complex, they can provide treatment that will address your pain and save your tooth.
  • The Latest Technology: Because endodontists only offer root canals, they've invested in the latest technology and equipment to ensure that your treatment is successful.
  • Efficiency: After years of performing root canals, endodontists have perfected the root canal technique. You may spend less time at their offices than you would if you had a root canal at a general dentist's office.
  • Experience: Your teeth are as unique as you are. Luckily, endodontists have seen many different types of teeth during their years of practice and can handle easily handle any variations that may make the procedure slightly more complicated.

How can I tell if I need a root canal?

Call our Flint, MI, office if you notice any of these potential root canal signs:

  • Pain: Constant or intermittent pain can be a sign of an infection or an inflammation in your tooth. Chewing on the affected side of your mouth may be very painful.
  • Swollen Gums: Inflammation around your tooth can cause your gums to redden and swell.
  • Sensitivity: Your teeth may hurt when exposed to hot and cold temperatures.
  • Abscess Symptoms: Fever, facial swelling and swollen lymph nodes can develop if you have a dental abscess. The infection is considered a dental emergency.

Endodontists help you avoid tooth loss. If you concerned about tooth pain or other root canal symptoms, call Flint, MI, endodontist and periodontist Dr. Frank Gordon at (810) 230-0990 to schedule an appointment.


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