What is an Endodontist?

 In Emergency Dental Care, Endodontist, Oral Surgery, Root Canal, Tooth Infection

What's an endodontist - shreveport endodontistWhat is an Endodontist?

The word endodontic is a Greek medical term that can be broken into two segments. The first is “endo” and it means inside. The second part is “odont” which means the tooth. Therefore, endodontic refers to conditions that are connected to the inside of a tooth. Endodontists are dental specialists who undergo extra training of two or more years after graduating from dental school. That additional training equips them with higher skills and specialized knowledge.  This enables endodontists to handle more complex conditions. Dr. Ben Kacos, an endodontist in Shreveport, LA, discusses typical treatments and reasons a person would need to visit an endodontist.

What Does Endodontic Treatment Entail?

“Most people who visit an endodontist do so to have root canal therapy done” explains Dr. Ben Kacos, an outstanding endodontist and dentist in Shreveport, LAA local anesthetic is administered before a latex or non-latex sheet referred to as a “dam” is placed around the tooth. The dam isolates the target tooth ensuring it will stay dry during the procedure.  Our friend and Denver, CO dentist, Dr. O’Grady explains that a root canal requires up to four basic steps. However, the number of visits needed to undergo those steps will be unique to each patient and the specifics of the endodontic problem. 

Diagnosis and Treatment of  Tooth Pain

It can sometimes be difficult to get to the bottom of what is causing oral pain. As Dr. Kacos, explains, there is a huge network of nerves inside the mouth. Consequently, pain that is originating in one place may manifest in a different part of the body, such as the neck, head, another tooth or even an ear. Endodontists, like Dr. Ben Kacos, can diagnose such pain and treat it so that your dental health is restored to an optimum level.

Treatment of Traumatic Tooth Injuries

Endodontists specialize in treating traumatic oral injuries. For instance, if a person gets hit in the mouth and one or more of their teeth are damaged. When such a traumatic injury affects a developing permanent tooth in a child, the root of such a tooth may stop growing. A specialist can perform a procedure referred to as apexification. This stimulates bone tissue and causes it to accumulate at the tip of the root. When that happens, the affected tooth can be saved by performing a root canal. 

If one or more teeth is ever knocked out of their sockets, your dentist will refer you to an endodontist, like Dr. Ben Kacos, for specialized care. If you get this attention promptly, the avulsed (knocked-out) teeth can be saved. 

Additional Endodontic Visits

Once treatment is completed, the endodontist will monitor the treated tooth periodically. The number and interval of these follow up visits will vary depending on the condition for which you were treated. For example, Dr. Ben Kacos cites the case of a patient who had an abscessed tooth. He monitored this patient for about two years because that is the average time needed for the abscess to fully heal.


A tooth that underwent endodontic treatment may need to be re-treated. This could happen if the patient experiences symptoms that indicate the problem has returned. For instance, someone who underwent a root canal may start experiencing pain in the treated tooth. Such a patient may be referred to Dr. Ben Kacos, an endodontist in Shreveport LA, for retreatment. Alternatively, someone who has undergone endodontic treatment may not heal as expected, and such a person will need retreatment.

The inside of your tooth or teeth will need specialized care from an endodontist. If you suspect that you need the services of such a specialist, contact Dr. Ben Kacos, an endodontist in Shreveport, LA and you will receive the timely care that you need.

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