An endodontist has additional specialized training in treating disease of the dental pulp, and is an expert in root canal treatment. Here are some things to consider when choosing a root canal specialist.
If you have a good relationship with your dentist, strongly consider using the endodontist that he or she recommends. Like general dentists, different endodontists have different styles. If your dentist likes and trusts a particular endodontist, you probably will as well.
Education and Training
Where and when did the dentist complete dental school and advanced training in endodontics? Does he pursue continuing education? Is he up to date on the latest techniques and technologies? Is he experienced with any relevant patient groups, such as pediatrics, geriatrics, or special needs?
Is the office close to your home or office? Do the hours work with your schedule? Is your insurance accepted? Is financing available? What if you need to cancel an appointment? Is sedation offered? Can nervous patients bring a relative or friend into the treatment room?
There are no right or wrong answers here, only what feels right to you. An office that works well for one patient will make no sense for another. Look for an endodontist who fits with your life on a practical level.
Dental procedure pricing is complicated, and it is difficult or impossible to get firm quotes without an exam. Still, most offices can give you a ballpark figure for a root canal on the specific tooth that is bothering you. Be cautious of any endodontist whose prices are significantly higher or lower than the going rates in your region.
Before committing to a specific endodontist, stop by the office to check out the environment. Is the waiting room inviting? Are you warmly greeted by the receptionist? Is the staff open and communicative? Are the treatment rooms clean and well-stocked?
Finally, make an appointment for a consultation. Think of it as a final interview. An endodontist who seems like a great fit on paper may simply not click with you. If you feel at all uncomfortable or unsure, move on. There is no reason to stick with a root canal specialist that you do not feel entirely comfortable with.
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If you need a root canal from an endodontist you can trust, contact North Shore & Brookline Endodontics today at the location that is most convenient for you.