If you have been suffering from a toothache that won’t go away, extreme sensitivity to hot and cold foods, or tooth trauma, it is important to seek help right away. Start with your dentist. He or she will most likely take x-rays and diagnose the issue. If there is damage to the tooth root, your dentist will refer you to our endodontist, Dr. Scott A. Norton.
What is an Endodontist?
This type of dental specialist is a dentist whose specialty is the inside of the tooth – below the enamel and gums. Endodontists are perhaps best known for performing root canal treatment. Their aim is to preserve a patient’s natural teeth whenever possible. Whether you were referred by your general dentist or just looking for a second opinion on recommended treatment, our endodontist in Louisville can help.
What is the Difference Between a General Dentist and an Endodontist?
Think of your general dentist and endodontist as partners in your lifetime oral health, similar to how your doctor might refer you to a specialist for an illness. A general dentist typically provides a wide range of services for your dental care needs. Endodontists begin their training in general dentistry; however, they receive two or more additional years of advanced training in diagnosing and treating issues of tooth roots and connected tissues.
According to the American Association of Endodontists, these specialists perform an average of 25 root canal treatments per week. Compare this with one or two such treatments performed by dentists who have extra training but choose to focus on general dentistry. The continuous, focused practice of the endodontist results in better outcomes and faster healing.
Endodontists are also qualified to perform surgeries to save teeth after trauma, perform complex tooth extractions, and many also do teeth implants.
When Should I See an Endodontist?
There are several reasons you might consider visiting an endodontist, including:
- A referral by your general dentist for endodontic treatment
- Wanting a second opinion on a tooth that was recommended for extraction
- Trauma affecting your tooth root
- Root canal treatment recommended by your dentist
- You have chronic pain in a tooth
- A tooth becomes infected
Our Louisville endodontist is specifically focused on high-quality endodontic treatment and making every patient feel as comfortable as possible. Our office is equipped with the latest dental technology, so you will have the best experience possible in a clean, modern and safe environment.
If you’re in pain, call our office before it gets worse and opens the door to complications. We’re here to maintain your smile for a lifetime.
Scott A. Norton, DMD of Louisville
Phone: (502) 899-5559
4010 Dupont Circle, Suite #276
Louisville, KY 40207