Dentists and Endodontists are encouraged to practice ethical treatment care by carefully selecting the most effective procedures to support long-term patient health.

Oral care is an important aspect of overall health. Oral health issues can have a long-term effect on a person’s general well-being so it is important to provide the best care possible. In fact, the American Association of Endodontists recommends that dentists and endodontists carefully consider how safe, predictable, cost-effective, and respectful a treatment is in light of the patient’s wishes. This way, they can ensure they are providing ethical treatment planning services and are providing the highest level of patient care. Treatments should be based on clinical research and evidence-based best practices to ensure the best possible outcome.

Determining the Best Treatment Plan

One issue that presents itself often is the question of whether to extract a tooth or provide root canal therapy. In this case, there is considerable evidence that root canal treatment therapy can preserve the original tooth in nearly 90% of cases. Most importantly, once a tooth has been cleaned, filled, and sealed during a root canal, the treatment has a very high success rate with many teeth lasting a lifetime and immediate relief from further tooth pain or decay. However, even with such consistent positive results, many patients still have fear and anxiety around root canal treatments and may question the necessity of such a procedure and ask to consider extraction. When this happens, dentists and endodontists can educate patients about the benefits of root canal therapy including the costs, safety, and long-term advantages of saving a natural tooth versus extraction. At this time, practitioners should also discuss treatment procedures, risks, and pain management options so the patient can make an informed decision.

Offering Collaborative Care

By taking the time to discuss treatment options with the patient, dentists can also help relieve anxiety people may have about their care and ensure they address each patient’s personal concerns. If a patient is especially anxious about their treatment, it can be helpful to refer them to an endodontist for specialized treatment. As experts in root canal treatments, endodontists receive extensive training in oral surgery practices and have access to the latest technology and root canal treatment practices.   Consequently, endodontists are able to partner with dentists to provide an elevated level of care for the patient. By working with an endodontic specialist, dentists can provide patients with the most ethical and effective care possible and give patients confidence knowing a strong collaborative team of dental care providers is looking out for their best interest.

About Professional Endodontics

Professional Endodontics has been exceeding the standard of care in Wayne and Macomb counties for over 50 years. The team specializes with treating issues with the inside of the tooth and goes out of its way to provide a safe easy environment for patients. Each member of the practice is dedicated to providing excellence in patient care and values high-quality relationships with referring dentists and specialists. Each endodontist at Professional Endodontics has been individually chosen as Best Dentists. Thanks to contemporary advances in endodontics, Professional Endodontics is able to use innovative technology to treat and save teeth that have suffered damage to the soft tissue within the roots of the tooth.

Professional Endodontics now offers three state-of-the art facilities in Clinton Township, St. Clair Shores, and a fully renovated Southfield location in the Comercia Tower. All locations offer the latest in advanced dental deliver systems, microscopy, and digital radiography.

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