Endodontics is a dental specialty that involves the diagnosis and treatment of conditions of the dental pulp, particularly root canals. If your dentist refers you to an endodontist for a root canal, it means that the inner material, or the pulp, inside a tooth is diseased. Before undergoing your treatment, consider the following factors for choosing the right endodontist.
Training and Certification
Endodontists first graduate from dental school. Then, they undergo a minimum of two years of additional education and training to gain the skills necessary to perform root canals. They may also receive training in advanced technology, such as digital imaging. Choose a professional who welcomes questions regarding his or her education and training. Additionally, ask if he or she is board certified by the American Board of Endodontics. It’s ideal to select an endodontist who has received diplomate status from the American Board of Endodontics, in addition to board certification. Becoming a diplomate is an elite status that indicates a high level of dedication to patient care, ethical practices, and continuing education.
Although every endodontist performs root canals, you may wish to ask the practitioner if he or she performs other services as well. For example, he or she might offer emergency services for traumatic injuries and cracked teeth. If you have dental anxieties or are planning extensive treatment, ask the endodontist about sedation dentistry services, such as nitrous oxide, oral conscious sedation, and general anesthesia.
Approach to Patient Care
You should select an endodontist with whom you feel comfortable. As you meet with the endodontist, ask yourself whether you are being treated with courtesy and respect, and whether the staff members conduct themselves in a professional manner. Additionally, consider the endodontist’s level of commitment to patient education; he or she should invite your questions and thoroughly answer them.
When you need a root canal, turn to the expert team at Advanced EndoCare. You can reach our practice in Indianapolis by calling (317) 578-2224. Dr. Kathryn Stuart, DDS, MSD, is a board-certified endodontist who holds diplomate status and has been practicing for 26 years.