Sometimes, however, the damage goes too far into the tooth and exposes the tooth pulp, or the damage spreads far inside and requires a root canal operation. It is at these times that you need a specialist endodontist.
Inner Tooth Treatment
An endodontist specialises in matters concerning the inside of the tooth. This can include the blood vessels, the nerve tissue and the dental pulp. The training to attain this specialist knowledge consists of an additional four years of certification in this field.
Practising endodontic work and treatment is a complex, highly skilled process; most patients will come by endodontics via a specialist referral from their General Dental Practitioner (GDP).
Difficulty of diagnosis may be another factor in a specialist referral. Many infections are not accompanied by immediate pain, so the dentist may need to consult with the specialist endodontist in order to help diagnose the problem.
If the endodontist has access to advanced imaging equipment, an even more thorough analysis can be made.