What is an Endodontist?
According to the American Association of Endodontists, less than three percent of all dentists are endodontists. Endodontists are dentists with two or more years of additional training in the field of endodontics. These dentists specialize in the preservation of natural teeth. They do this by performing root canal treatments, treating dental traumas, endodontic surgery, and other tooth-saving procedures.
When would I see an Endodontist?
Your general dentist may refer you to an endodontist if you have dental trauma, need a root canal treatment, or have asked for an option to try to save a diseased or damaged tooth instead of extracting it.
You can also choose to see an endodontist if you are experiencing tooth pain or have dental trauma. You may also opt to see an endodontist if you have been advised to have a tooth extracted, but want to see if it can be saved instead.
Why should I see an Endodontist?
Because endodontists limit their practice to endodontic treatments, they have much more experience in these procedures. On average, endodontists complete 25 root canal treatments weekly, while general dentists perform about 2. This level of experience allows endodontists to offer greater efficiency and precision and faster healing times for endodontic treatments than most general dentists can provide.
Endodontists’ offices are designed solely for endodontics, which often means the equipment will be state-of-the-art specialty technology that a general dentist may not utilize. With their experience and specialized technology, endodontists are able to treat patients efficiently and comfortably and to provide a highly positive patient experience.
In addition, the primary goal of every endodontist is to save your natural teeth whenever possible. By performing root canal treatments instead of extracting teeth, endodontists preserve your natural tooth structure, appearance, and function. This helps to limit your need for more costly ongoing dental work, such as dentures, dental bridges, or dental implants.
If you are experiencing tooth pain, have had dental trauma, or would like to try and save a tooth instead of extracting it, contact our office for an endodontic consultation. Our doctor is specially trained and experienced to save your natural teeth effectively, efficiently, and comfortably.
Scott A. Norton, DMD of Louisville
4010 Dupont Circle, Suite #276, Louisville, KY 40207