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Should I See an Endodontist?
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Should I See an Endodontist?

Why see an endodontist? There are some dental issues that are better left to a specialist rather than a regular dentist. An endodontist is a dentist who specializes in problems with the soft tissue and nerves inside teeth. An endodontist starts out with the same education as a dentist but then gets two or three...

How Can I Manage the Pain of Pulpitis?
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How Can I Manage the Pain of Pulpitis?

If you have dental pain, it might mean you have pulpitis. Pulpitis is an infection inside the tooth and needs a dentist’s attention. There are ways you can manage the pain of pulpitis until you can make an appointment with a qualified dentist. Causes of Pulpitis Pulpitis gets its name from the part of the...

How Do I Know if I Have Pulpitis? Symptoms and Risk Factors
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How Do I Know if I Have Pulpitis? Symptoms and Risk Factors

While having a toothache is never any fun, dismissing it as “not that big of a deal” could be a big mistake. This is because the pain you are feeling could be a warning sign of pulpitis. What Is Pulpitis? Pulpitis occurs when a bacterial infection spreads to the pulp chamber of an infected tooth,...

When is a Root Canal Needed?
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When is a Root Canal Needed?

If you have pain while chewing, swollen gums, sensitivity to hot or cold, a chipped or broken tooth, or a cavity that you’ve ignored, the answer to “when is a root canal needed?” is most likely “Now!” Of course, a dentist or endodontist (a root canal specialist) will be the one to decide if it’s...

How Long Does a Root Canal Procedure Last?
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How Long Does a Root Canal Procedure Last?

When people ask how long a root canal procedure lasts, they can mean one of two things: First, how long does the root canal procedure itself take, and second, how long until they might need to have the procedure redone? The Root Canal Procedure A root canal procedure is necessary when the pulp at the...

What Do I Do About a Poorly Done Root Canal?
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What Do I Do About a Poorly Done Root Canal?

Congratulations! You’ve survived a root canal procedure. Contrary to popular belief, root canal treatment isn’t nearly as painful as its reputation makes it out to be. But even though it’s a routine treatment, unfortunately, complications sometimes arise. If you have a poorly done root canal, you may need to have the procedure redone in order...

How Long Should a Root Canal Be Sore?
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How Long Should a Root Canal Be Sore?

Root canals get a bum rap. Their very name can conjure dreadful notions of pain and suffering in the minds of patients. Because of these fears, many people put off getting a root canal out of concern about pain. Fortunately, better techniques, improved technology, and advances in anesthetics have allowed modern dentistry to make root...

How Does Dental Pulp Get Infected?
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How Does Dental Pulp Get Infected?

Deep inside the center of every tooth is an area called the pulp chamber. An infection in the pulp chamber can be painful and lead to serious dental issues. What exactly is dental pulp? And how does dental pulp get infected? What is Dental Pulp? Dental pulp is sometimes called the root of the tooth....

What’s the Difference Between a Dentist and an Endodontist?
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What’s the Difference Between a Dentist and an Endodontist?

Most people know, generally, what a dentist does. But what about an endodontist? Less than 3% of dentists go on to become endodontists, so it’s not surprising that many people might not know what they do. An endodontist is a dentist who specializes in root canal procedures and other treatments involving the pulp and nerves...

Dental Pulp Necrosis
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Dental Pulp Necrosis

While it might sound like the name of a heavy metal band, dental pulp necrosis is actually a quite serious condition: It’s when the soft pulp inside a tooth dies. It is often the final stage of pulpitis, and it is irreversible. Signs and Symptoms of Dental Pulp Necrosis Inside each tooth is a small...