How does an endodontist test a tooth?

Endodontists in Australia have specialized training, through an accredited program: DCD in Endodontics, to diagnose many complex causes of tooth, mouth (oral) and facial pain. An endodontist may check your symptoms by performing one or more clinical and radiographic tests:

  • Tests for the vitality of a tooth and/or presence of the nerve and alive tissues inside your tooth, such as cold tests and test a machine called an Electric Pulp Tester (EPT);
  • Tests indicating that there is inflammation around the end of the roots of your tooth, such as tapping over your tooth/teeth;
  • Tests for inflammation and infection in the gum tissues surrounding your tooth/teeth;
  • Tests revealing cracks inside the crown of your tooth, for example using a transilluminator device;
  • Tests for mobility of your tooth inside the bone
  • Tests when you bite over a making paper or when you chew on it. This mainly show the high points of a recent filling or a newly inserted crown;
  • dental X-ray or radiographs to see if there are any issues going on beneath your gums. In adjunction to normal two-dimensional X-Rays or an Panorex (so called OPG), there might also be a need for a three-dimensional X-Ray such as a CBCT or a CT.