Why and when should you see an endodontist? There are three main reasons:
- If you’re experiencing tooth pain or sensitivity to hot or cold;
- If you’ve been involved in an accident and experienced facial trauma or there is swelling around your teeth, gums, or face;
- If your dentist has told you that you need a root canal.
Endodontists are dental specialists skilled in diagnosing and treating tooth pain and performing root canal procedures. They focus on saving your natural teeth whenever possible; it’s their specialty.
Your dentist may refer you to an endodontist, or you may recognize that you have a problem an endodontist can address and contact an endodontist directly. Either way, it’s important to take care of tooth pain as soon as possible.
If you do need a root canal, you might assume your dentist will perform this procedure. Your dentist may do root canals—and other complex procedures—perfectly well, but he or she may only do two or three a week. Dentists typically refer their patients to endodontists because on average they perform 25 root canal treatments a week. This means they are up to date on the latest techniques and technology available for smooth and painless treatments. Their experience translates into better treatment outcomes.
Endodontists are also experts in pain management and eager to debunk the myth that root canal treatments are painful and difficult. Patient comfort is a priority. They have materials and equipment designed to make root canals easier and successful. Many endodontists also use lasers—quiet, painless, and effective—when appropriate in the root canal procedure.
As noted, endodontists are regarded as specialists. They’re called specialists because of two or more years of training beyond their four years of dental school. The additional training centers on performing root canal treatments and other procedures relating to the interior of the tooth and tooth pulp. Endodontists are skilled, knowledgeable, and dedicated to restorative treatments that preserve your teeth. Since a diseased tooth can often be saved with endodontic treatment, endodontists proudly refer to themselves as “specialists in saving teeth.”
If your dentist has referred you to Professional Endodontics or you’re searching for an endodontist, we invite you to contact us and learn more. You’ll find we are, in fact, specialists in saving teeth. It’s what we do. While you can’t predict if or when you’ll need to see an endodontist, it doesn’t hurt to be prepared and know who to call just in case. We can collaborate with your dentist to provide a comprehensive treatment plan that is in your best interest and deliver the highest level of care. To learn more about Professional Endodontists and our services, please contact us or visit our website. We can help save that tooth.
About Professional Endodontics
Professional Endodontics has been exceeding the standard of care in Wayne and Macomb counties for over 50 years. The team specializes in 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 Hour Detroit Magazine’s 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 offers state-of-the-art facilities in Clarkston, Clinton Township, St. Clair Shores, and Southfield. All locations offer the latest in advanced dental delivery systems, microscopy, and digital radiography.
6803 Dixie Highway
Clarkston, MI 48346
29201 Telegraph Road
Southfield, MI 48034
Henry Ford Hospital Medical Pavilion
16151 19 Mile Rd, Suite 101
Clinton Township, MI 48038
St. Clair Shores
St. Clair Professional Plaza
23829 Little Mack, Suite 300
St. Clair Shores, MI 48080