Endodontist Specialist

Paul Y. Roe, DDS -  - Cosmetic & General Dentistry

PR Cosmetic and Family Dentistry

Paul Y. Roe, DDS

Cosmetic & General Dentistry located in Bothell, WA & Maple Valley, WA

Over 20 million endodontic procedures are performed annually to eliminate damage to the dental pulp. At PR Cosmetic and Family Dentistry, Paul Y. Roe, DDS, works with men and women living in or around Bothell and Maple Valley, Washington, to get rid of any unwanted pain, avoid any complications related to gum inflammation and disease, and restore your dental health. Get in touch with PR Cosmetic and Family Dentistry today by phone or online to book an endodontic appointment.

Endodontist Q & A

What is endodontics?

Endodontics refers to the branch of dentistry that specializes in dental pulp and the tissues surrounding the roots of a tooth. Dental pulp is the most inner part of each tooth and is responsible for sensitivity to hot and cold temperatures. It contains blood vessels, nerves, and cells vital to your tooth’s health.

In most cases, endodontic treatment refers to root canal treatment, which treats the soft pulp tissues inside the tooth.

What’s the difference between a dentist and an endodontist?

The main difference between a dentist and an endodontist is their field of specialty.

Dentists can address any issue related to your overall dental health, perform cavity filling, cosmetic dentistry procedures, and serve as your primary dental care physician.

An endodontist specializes in root canal treatments and other issues related to dental injuries. In fact, endodontists are dedicated to diagnosing and treating tooth pain.

When should you see an endodontist?

You should consider booking an endodontic consultation at PR Cosmetic and Family Dentistry if you experience any of the following:

  • Pulp inflammation
  • Pulp infection
  • Tooth decay
  • Cracked or chipped tooth
  • Prolonged sensitivity to heat or cold
  • Discoloration of the tooth
  • Swelling and tenderness in the gum

While you may be reluctant to stay on top of your bi-annual cleanings, endodontic treatment addresses pain expediently. If you experience any of the above symptoms, don’t wait for the pain to worsen or for dangerous complications to develop.

What is root canal treatment?

Root canal refers to the inner part of the tooth that contains soft tissue. When this soft tissue is damaged, Dr. Roe recommends root canal treatment.

As you age, the nerves in each tooth change their function to regulate your reactions to hot and cold temperature. If these nerves are damaged, you might experience swelling, toothache, and infection.

Root canal treatment eliminates the damaged pulp and permanently seals the tooth with a crown and filling material.

If you’ve been experiencing tooth pain or have noticed inflammation in your gums, don’t wait for the pain to worsen. Get in touch with PR Cosmetic and Family Dentistry today by phone or online to book an appointment with Dr. Roe and effectively eliminate any discomfort.