Why Choose an Endodontist

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Reason 1: Experience

On average, endodontists perform nearly 25 root canal treatments per week, while general dentists perform less than two.

Reason 2: Efficiency

Because their practice is limited solely to endodontic treatment, endodontists are efficient and precise. This equates to positive experiences and faster healing.

Reason 3: Availability

Most endodontists offer tremendous flexibility in accommodating emergency cases; therefore, delays in treatment are kept to a minimum and patients can be relieved of dental pain quickly.

Reason 4: Advanced Technology

Many endodontists use state-of-the-art technology such as operating microscopes, digital imaging, ultrasonic instrumentation and fiber optics, to treat their patients quickly and comfortably.

Today, getting root canal treatment is often no more uncomfortable than having a filling.

Reasons to See an Endodontist

Advanced Education

According to the AAE, while all endodontists are dentists, less than three percent of dentists are endodontists. Endodontists have completed an additional 2-3 years of training beyond normal dental school with advanced education in diagnosis of pain, and increased proficiency in root canal treatment and apical surgery. Endodontists are root canal specialists and often referred as specialists in saving teeth.

Experience and Efficiency

Endodontists complete an average of 25 root canal treatments per week, while general dentists may complete an average of 2. This means that they perform far more root canals than a general dentist.

Because endodontists focus solely on endodontic treatment, they have an efficient and established workflow for these procedures. Their experience typically leads to shorter appointments and an improved patient experience.

Availability

Most endodontists offer flexible scheduling to accommodate emergency patients who have severe pain or infection. At Svetcov Endodontics, we do everything so that these patients can be seen as soon as possible.

Advanced Endodontic Technology

Endodontists use specialized equipment and technology to achieve better results. endodontists use digital radiography to obtain information about the internal structures and infection sites, allowing them to make effective treatment plans.

The most important piece of equipment endodontists utilize is the surgical operating microscope. The microscope allowed endodontists to work on a scale of less than a millimeter for precise navigation of the root canal system. Dental laser may also be used in some procedures to destroy bacteria and sterilize the root canal.

Another important technology utilized at our office is the cone-beam computed tomography scan or CBCT. This 3D imaging provides practitioners with a full view of the tooth’s condition.

These pictures help to:

  • Identify canal perforations and broken instruments.
  • Identify existing problems with prior root canal treatments.
  • Capture the entire structure of each root including the nerve helps to eliminate any surprises for the treating endodontist.
  • Detect the tooth’s current condition
  • Provide helpful insight into potential problems.

Best Treatment Outcomes

The specialized training that endodontists receive, as well as their extensive experience, and use of technology allows them to perform root canals with the best treatment outcomes. Often times this results in less trauma to the tooth and surrounding structures, which means less recovery time and a decreased risk of infection or other post-treatment complications. Additionally, endodontists are more likely to successfully remove all the bacteria from the pulp and root canals, meaning there is a decreased chance of needing root canal retreatment.

As you can see, endodontists are highly skilled when it comes to treating teeth. Their advanced education, experience, efficiency, availability, use of technology, and better treatment outcomes are key reasons why you should see an endodontist.

While no one looks forward to a root canal or other endodontic treatment, an endodontist can ensure that you have the best root canal experience possible.