When patients come in with emergency or special-needs dental problems, dentists can offer helpful information and effective relief by providing access to specialized endodontic care.
Often patients who come into a dentist office in an emergency situation are focused primarily on relieving pain. Additionally, many patients do not have a thorough knowledge of oral anatomy and are unsure of what the best treatment may be. In these situations, it is important to first address their primary concerns including pain and anxiety relief and to also discuss openly suggestions for proper treatment and long-term care. Sometimes, patients think the only way to address an emergency dental injury or a painful root canal is through extraction. In these instances it is important to educate them on the benefits of endodontic care that can more effectively save and restore natural teeth.
Educate Patients about Endodontic Care
There is no comparative treatment that is better than saving a natural tooth. This is because no denture, bridge, or implant will perform as well or look as natural as a real tooth. Because of this, it is important to educate patients on the benefits of saving natural teeth versus extraction. If a patient is nervous about the treatment, they can be recommended to an endodontist who has specialized training and tools to provide the highest level of patient care. Many endodontists are prepared to accommodate emergency situations so patients are able to get necessary help and relief as soon as possible. When referring to an endodontist, it is important to inform the patient that they will be receiving the highest level of collaborative care and to assure them that their best interest is a heart.
When speaking with patients about endodontic care, it is helpful to remind them of the following benefits:
- Endodontic care is often cheaper and more effective than extraction in the long run and does not require as many follow-up visits or treatments.
- Often dental insurance plans will provide some level of coverage for endodontic care.
- Root canal therapy is virtually painless thanks to effective anesthesia options available.
- Root canal therapy is often a quick procedure, requiring less than an hour per visit and usually only one or two visits total.
- Both the dentist and endodontist will collaborate on treatment and follow-up care to ensure the patient receives the best treatment and recovery care.
Foster Strong Partnerships with Area Specialists
Dentist can provide patients with an extra level of care by having a strong partnership with area endodontists so they can offer referrals in the case of an emergency or special needs situation. This way, patients can have confidence that their dental team is looking out for their best interest and is dedicated to offering the highest level of patient care.
About Professional Endodontics
Professional Endodontics has been exceeding the standard of care in Wayne and Macomb counties for over 50 years. The team specializes with treating issues with the inside of the tooth and goes out of its way to provide a safe easy environment for patients. Each member of the practice is dedicated to providing excellence in patient care and values high-quality relationships with referring dentists and specialists. Each endodontist at Professional Endodontics has been individually chosen as Best Dentists. Thanks to contemporary advances in endodontics, Professional Endodontics is able to use innovative technology to treat and save teeth that have suffered damage to the soft tissue within the roots of the tooth.
Professional Endodontics now offers three state-of-the art facilities in Clinton Township, St. Clair Shores, and a fully renovated Southfield location in the Comercia Tower. All locations offer the latest in advanced dental deliver systems, microscopy, and digital radiography.