Posts for tag: Endodontist

By Frank Gordon Jr DDS
November 24, 2020
Category: Oral Health
Tags: Endodontist  

Commonly called "root canal specialists," endodontists treat painful inflammation and infection in your tooth pulp. Your Flint, MI, endodontist, Dr. Frank Gordon can help you protect your smile with root canals and other procedures.

What do endodontists do?

Endodontists are dentists who have received several years of additional training in diseases and injuries that affect tooth pulp and roots. The soft pulp is located at the center of your tooth and contains nerves, tissues, and blood vessels. Although essential for tooth formation, the pulp can be removed during a root canal without affecting the function of your tooth.

Your endodontist can:

  • Diagnose the Source of Your Tooth Pain: Cavities aren't the only cause of tooth pain. Sometimes, pulp issues or small cracks or fractures in tooth roots may be responsible for pain in your teeth, face, neck, or head. Because pain isn't always felt in the affected tooth, finding the source of the problem requires specialized skills and extensive endodontics knowledge.
  • Treat Tooth Injuries: A blow to the face or a fall can knock out teeth or cause cracks in the roots. Endodontists reimplant knocked out teeth, stabilize loose teeth after accidents, and treat injuries that affect the roots or the pulp. Root canal therapy is often performed in addition to other treatments for injuries.
  • Offer Root Canal Therapy: Root canals end the pain caused by inflammation or infection in your pulp. If untreated the inflammation or infection will lead to the loss of your tooth. The procedure involves removing the pulp, cleaning the tooth, shaping and cleaning the root canals, and adding a rubber-based filling to the tooth to seal and restore it. In many cases, a dental crown is later added to the tooth to strengthen it.
  • Perform Endodontic Surgery: Surgery may be needed due to severe pain, debris in your roots, or pain after a previous root canal, cracks, the presence of cysts. It may also be needed if root canal therapy isn't an option because your canals are too small or impossible to reach with traditional root canal techniques.

A visit to your endodontist in Flint, MI, can help you avoid tooth loss. Call Dr. Frank Gordon at (810) 230-0990 to schedule your appointment.

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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