If you are experiencing pain in your tooth, or you have a sensitivity to hot or cold food or drinks, you may need a root canal. It’s best to have an endodontist perform your root canal. An endodontist is a dental specialist who treats pain that is caused by trauma to the tooth or by an infection in the tooth’s root canal (which is why this procedure is called “root canal therapy.”) These dental specialists perform root canals, root canal retreatments, and endodontic surgery. After completing dental school, they finish an extra two years of schooling in an endodontics program that’s offered by a school accredited by the American Dental Association.
Endodontic Experts in Your Area
Your general dentist may have given you some names of endodontists that they know, or perhaps you’ve decided to find an endodontist on your own.
Here are some tips for choosing an endodontist.
• Find out how long the endodontist has been in practice. Many endodontists have decades of experience.
• Ask what kind of equipment he or she uses. There are many high-tech tools and techniques that are used by endodontists when they perform root canals. These may include digital X-rays, surgical operating microscopes, electric hand pieces, electronic apex locators, and ultrasonic instruments. Using this type of equipment will make your root canal quicker and more efficient, while producing excellent results.
• Find out the medication that they will be using to treat pain after the procedure. While the root canal is performed with anesthesia, and you won’t feel anything during the procedure, your gums may be a little irritated afterwards.
• If you have a medical condition such as a prosthetic cardiac/heart valve or previous history of infective Endocarditis, ask how your endodontist pre-treats.
• Ask what kind of payment options are available, and find out what kind of dental or medical insurance they work with.
• Ask if they belong to any professional dental societies and if they serve as an instructor or adjunct professor at a nearby dental school. This type of career involvement indicates that they have a wealth of experience.
Dr. Gregory Semashko has served his community for the past 25 years with Endodontics in Cranberry. He is an Assistant Clinical Professor at the University of Pittsburgh School of Dental Medicine, in the Department of Endodontics, where he instructs the Dental Endodontic residents each week. If you think that you will need a pain-free root canal, call him today.