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General Information

Endodontists are dental specialists with additional training in endodontic therapy which includes and is not limited to: root canal treatments, root canal re-treatments, apical surgeries, management of cracked teeth, and management of dental trauma. While all endodontists are dentists, less than 3% of dentists are endodontists. An additional 2-3 years of residency training beyond dental school are required to become a specialist in this field. Endodontists proudly refer to themselves as specialists in saving teeth and managing dental pain.

Experience

On average, endodontists manage 20-25 root canals in a given week whereas dentists manage less than 3. They also have 2-3 years of additional training after dental school to set the foundation of their practice.

Advanced Technology

In endodontic practices, all the equipment is centered around performing precise, efficient, and comfortable treatments. Endodontists routinely use surgical microscopes, ultrasonics, 3D imaging, and many other specialized instruments not used in general practices.

Pain Management

Endodontists have additional training and experience in managing situations where patients are difficult to anesthetize. They also know how to manage cases before and after the treatment is completed to ensure the best possible experience.

Emergent Care

Endodontic practices are centered around saving teeth and getting patients out of pain. There is flexibility in the schedule to manage patients experiencing severe pain in a timely manner.

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What to expect at the Initial Appointment?

At the initial appointment a thorough examination will be completed beginning with your chief complaint and medical history. Please alert the office if there are any special circumstances to accommodate you. If there is any significant medical history to have endodontic treatment or endodontic surgery – a medical clearance form may be requested from your physician before treatment is performed.
Any dental radiographs or 3D imaging taken within the last 6 months is relevant and can be used during the examination to determine the diagnosis. Please have these items forwarded to our office via email or bring any physical copies provided by your referring doctor.
The examination will consist of a variety of tests, 3D imaging/radiographs (if required), and a review of your dental history to determine what treatment is required. Occasionally, treatment can be completed on the same day depending on the situation and symptoms of the patient.

Any patients below the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.

Common Myths about Root Canals

1. Root canals hurt!

This was definitely once true! However, this no longer applies with the many modern anesthetics, techniques, materials, advancements, and understanding of endodontics. In the vast majority of cases, performing the root canal will resolve the patient’s painful symptoms.

2. Root canals cause disease in other parts of the body and are not safe.

This is commonly found on the internet but is based on debunked research conducted in the early 1900s by Dr. Price. The research used to push this theory is poorly designed and published at a time when modern medicine was in its infancy. There is no scientific evidence to support this claim. To review this in more detail please review video and position released by the American Association of Endodontics.

3. It is better to pull the tooth out.

While this is true in some situations, in most situations the natural tooth can be saved. Endodontic therapy has a high rate of success and the tooth can be functional for many years. It is important to assess the structural integrity of the tooth using a microscope to determine the best course of treatment.

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