This is a popular question. Each patient requires different reasoning to make an informed decision and acceptance of endodontic treatment to save the tooth.
Most patients have this discussion with their General Dentist prior to scheduling with an Endodontist. However, some patients still have questions/concerns and lack facts. Other patients require a 2nd opinion from an endodontist. A tooth may require a root canal for structural integrity or infection control. An endodontist may raise questions regarding restorability- beyond endodontic treatment. We may choose not to treat the tooth until we feel all questions have been answered.
Endodontists are dentists who specialize in saving teeth, and have at least two years of advanced training in root canal procedures. We are experts at diagnosing and relieving tooth pain, and use advanced equipment to treat patients quickly and comfortably.
Most people question endodontic treatment due to:
fear of the procedure;
perception of pain;
Having treatment with an Endodontist should reduce the fear of the procedure. We are able to manage infections and discomfort more efficiently than a General Dentist. We are trained to manage pain and infection. Through the consultation, we will understand your needs and provide preventive antibiotics and alleviate your fears.
The financial investment does not end with endodontic treatment, you will require restoration of the tooth with your General Dentist. We can not determine your full restorative needs or financials involved. We can estimate the endodontic portion. We are honest and will tell you if endodontic treatment is not in your best interest. Some cases, we do not know the prognosis until we perform internal evaluation; some cases have been initiated by a different dentist and we do not know what complications they have met or created. Tis will be discussed and treatment direction will be determined by the patient understanding the risks involved.