Gary Behrend DDS PA
“Endodontists, the root canal specialists, saving teeth and easing pain”
Why see a root canal specialist?
Get it done
right the first time, and avoid the need for later re-treatment. Endodontists perform routine as well as difficult and very complex endodontic procedures, including retreatment of previously treated teeth that have not healed, as well as endodontic surgery. Using an endodontist for your root canal treatment gives you the best chance to save even the most severely compromised tooth. No matter how effective modern tooth replacements are, nothing feels, looks or functions like your natural tooth.
Toothaches can result from dental or non-dental causes. Non dental tooth pain can come from sinusitis, temporomandibular (TMJ) joint dysfunction or muscle spasm, even heart attack. Occasionally, pain in the oral cavity can be caused by diseases of the nerves themselves. Dental causes of tooth pain can include periodontal disease, in which receding gums expose the roots, or cause localized infection. Dental decay, especially decay into the pulp, can cause inflammation or infection. Eventually, the teeth may abscess, causing severe pain. Pain when chewing may also be caused by cracked or fractured teeth. The endodontist is skilled in the use of specialized tests and the interpretation of symptoms, physical findings and X-rays to determine the source of the pain. Please see Frequently Asked Questions About Root Canals and Tooth Pain.
Are implants better? You may have heard that implants are better than endodontic treatment. Implants have been used for a number of years with success. However, a recent study confirms that the results of endodontic treatment versus extraction with placement of an implant are virtually equal. When you consider that the extraction/implant option takes more time and is more expensive, preserving the natural tooth should be a priority.
Is a root canal painful?
Root canal treatment has an unwarranted reputation for being long and
painful. However, the root canal specialist can treat your tooth
quickly, with a minimum of discomfort. Most patients do not
require sedation for root canal therapy. When anxiety is a
problem, endodontists are experienced in the use of oral sedation to
make your experience as comfortable as possible.
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Dr. Gary Behrend DDS, PA
Address: 5710 Six Forks Road, Suite 101, Raleigh NC 27609