When to See an Endodontist

When to See an Endodontist

Some typical symptoms which may cause a need to see an endodontist or dentist include: lingering pain after eating hot/cold foods; sharp pain when chewing food; dull ache and pressure in teeth and the jaw; constant pain, pressure, swelling, and sensitivity to touch; chronic pain in head, neck, or ear.  When tooth pain takes place it does not necessarily mean root canal treatment is required.  There are times tooth pain could be due to temporo-mandibular joint (TMJ) disorder, a periodontal abscess, referred pain from a completely different area (i.e., heart), a cracked tooth, neck problems, facial pain (neuralgia), grinding teeth at night (nocturnal bruxism), sinusitis, etc.

Endodontists are trained to differentiate between tooth pain and non-tooth pain.  A consultation with your dentist or an endodontist will assist to determine the appropriate protocol for treatment.   Radiographs, several different tests, and a history of symptoms will help in evaluating your proper treatment.

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Dr Gary Leff is a nationally recognized Endodontist and root canal specialist in Northern Virginia. Connect with Dr. Leff on Google+

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