Your dentist has recommended that you see an endodontist. This may be a surprise or something you expected, and you may have questions about root canals. Let’s try and answer the most frequent ones right now.
What is an endodontist?
Endodontists are specialists in endodontics, a branch of dentistry that is involved with treating the pulp (root canal) and surrounding tissues of a tooth. Endodontists are the specialists who perform root canals and treat related issues. Endodontists receive two or more years of specialized training beyond dental school.
Is treatment painful?
This is probably the most frequently asked question. The thought of a root canal instills anxiety if not outright fear in many people. But the days of painful root canals are long gone. A root canal treatment doesn’t cause pain, it actually relieves it—almost immediately, and tales of root canal pain are frequently exaggerated and often simply untrue. Today’s root canal treatments are virtually pain-free and usually require only one or two appointments. In fact, a root canal treatment is usually no more uncomfortable than having a filling. Our endodontists in Southfield use state-of-the-art technology such as operating microscopes, digital imaging, ultrasonic instrumentation and fiber optics to treat their patients quickly and comfortably. With such modern techniques and anesthetics, the vast majority of patients report that they are at ease during the procedure.
Are endodontic services expensive?
Saving your tooth through a root canal along with appropriate restoration is a cost-effective process and is usually less expensive—and less invasive—than extraction and placement of a bridge or an implant. Cost will depend on your dental insurance coverage. Our Southfield office can help with getting your insurance information and letting you know the cost of your root canal. If you do not have any dental insurance, there are often payment plans that can be worked out.
Professional Endodontics has been exceeding the standard of care in Wayne and Macomb counties for over 65 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.
Our state-of-the-art facility in Southfield, Michigan is committed to your comfort, safety, and health.