Why do I need an Endodontic Evaluation?
If you recently learned that you need endodontic treatment, you also need an examination. This might not be very clear, and you might wonder why you need an endodontic evaluation from an endodontist when your dentist has already examined you.
Endodontists are dental specialists who strive to save their patients’ natural teeth whenever possible. They complete two years of advanced training in addition to dental school. Endodontists specialize in root canals, treating traumatic dental injuries, and more.
If there is damage to the tooth, it must be examined to determine whether or not endodontic treatment, such as a root canal or non-vital pulp therapy, is required. The Endodontist will test the tooth for pain to cold temperature and percussion. Digital X-rays and 3D/CBT X-rays will be obtained to examine the tooth and root structure. A visual inspection of the tooth and possibly a pulp test will help determine the need for a root canal.
Root canals or tooth extraction with dental implants may be necessary.