Periodontics vs. Endodontics: What’s the Difference?

Periodontics vs. Endodontics: What’s the Difference?

by Kassandra Silva (SU)

If you have pain in your mouth or your tooth, it’s important to get the specialized dental care you need from the right provider. Dentists who provide some of the main types of specialized dental services are periodontists and endodontists. Some family dentists can also perform one or more of these specialized services if they have been trained in these treatments. 

Let’s talk about the differences between the fields of periodontics and endodontics, and where you can go in Eugene for outstanding dental care. 

What Is Periodontics?

Periodontics focuses on diagnosing and treating conditions and inflammatory diseases affecting the gums (periodontitis), such as gingivitis and other forms of periodontal disease, that can lead to tooth loss. A periodontist specializes in treating gum disease, including the placement of dental implants and crowns; an implant is performed to replace a lost tooth with a prosthetic tooth, and this is usually a result of gum disease. 

To specialize in this field, a dentist will need to complete four years of dental school plus a three-year periodontics residency.

A periodontist is the best provider to see if your issue is gum inflammation, gum recession, or gum disease. Symptoms such as swollen, tender, red, bleeding, or receding gums, and also possibly bad breath, indicate gum issues.

How Is Endodontics Different?

Endodontics is a branch of dentistry that focuses on diagnosing and treating problems affecting the inside of the tooth, such as the pulp and root. Similar to periodontists, endodontists usually participate in an additional three-year residency after dental school to specialize in this field.

The most common procedure an endodontist performs is a root canal. This is a tooth-saving procedure in which the endodontist cleans out the infected internal tooth material and replaces it with bio-grade prosthetic material. A crown is usually then placed atop the treated tooth.

A root canal is preferred over a dental implant because it is the more natural and less-invasive treatment for an infected or damaged tooth. If the external tooth structure is healthy and intact, it is better to keep it and simply have the endodontist fill it in with dental material. You will not be able to feel the tooth anymore because the root is removed, but you will enjoy a pain-free, natural-feeling tooth, and the infection will be eliminated.

Periodontist and Endodontist in Eugene, OR 

If you are looking for a skilled and experienced family dentist in Eugene who can provide both periodontics treatment for missing or damaged teeth as well as endodontics treatment and root canal therapy, look no further than Dr. Ari Binder at 360 Dental. Dr. Binder regularly performs root canal therapy and places dental implants, and he has a very high success rate with both treatments. 

If you have any questions or would like to schedule a consultation with Dr. Binder, call our dental clinic in Eugene today at (541) 689-1645 or fill out our convenient appointment request form online now. We look forward to serving you and your family!