Advances in Anesthesia Reduce Pain in Endodontic Care

The common misconception that endodontic care is painful can be put to rest as endodontists drastically improve on the administering of anesthetics. One of the most common concerns among dental and endodontic patients is that restorative dentistry and endodontics are inseparable from pain. The best example of this is the stigma surrounding root canal treatment that deems it a painful and frightening procedure. Professional Endodontics is here to tell you that this is simply not true. Advances in anesthetics and the methods for administering them have led to an immense reduction in the level of pain experienced and the time of recovery needed for most endodontic procedures. Past Problems with Pulpal Anesthesia The cause of most dental discomfort, past and present, is due to misunderstandings in pulpal anesthesia. The most common of these misunderstandings is that achieving lip numbness indicates pulpal (tooth) numbness as well. Unfortunately, this is not always the case. In fact, it’s difficult to determine whether pulpal numbness has been achieved prior to patient discomfort during treatment. The failure to fully anesthetize pulpal regions is due to any number of reasons. However, failure to anesthetize just means that the anesthetic solution did not diffuse into the nerve [...]

By |2017-06-13T15:38:52+00:00June 13th, 2017|Professional Endodontics|Comments Off on Advances in Anesthesia Reduce Pain in Endodontic Care

Deliver Exceptional Patient Service in Emergency Situations with Endodontic Care

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 [...]

By |2017-01-01T11:24:05+00:00April 14th, 2016|Professional Endodontics|Comments Off on Deliver Exceptional Patient Service in Emergency Situations with Endodontic Care

Endodontic Care Supports Ethical Treatment Planning

Dentists and Endodontists are encouraged to practice ethical treatment care by carefully selecting the most effective procedures to support long-term patient health. Oral care is an important aspect of overall health. Oral health issues can have a long-term effect on a person’s general well-being so it is important to provide the best care possible. In fact, the American Association of Endodontists recommends that dentists and endodontists carefully consider how safe, predictable, cost-effective, and respectful a treatment is in light of the patient’s wishes. This way, they can ensure they are providing ethical treatment planning services and are providing the highest level of patient care. Treatments should be based on clinical research and evidence-based best practices to ensure the best possible outcome. Determining the Best Treatment Plan One issue that presents itself often is the question of whether to extract a tooth or provide root canal therapy. In this case, there is considerable evidence that root canal treatment therapy can preserve the original tooth in nearly 90% of cases. Most importantly, once a tooth has been cleaned, filled, and sealed during a root canal, the treatment has a very high success rate with many teeth lasting a lifetime and immediate relief [...]

By |2018-01-15T15:32:36+00:00January 19th, 2016|Professional Endodontics|Comments Off on Endodontic Care Supports Ethical Treatment Planning
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