Endodontic Microsurgery Can Save Teeth when Root Canal Treatment Cannot

To strengthen your practice, consider partnering with Professional Endodontics and offering your patients access to contemporary endodontic microsurgery in the hands of highly trained specialists. Though conventional, nonsurgical root canal therapy will always be the preferred route for any endodontic proplem, there are instances in which this method of treatment cannot save the tooth. For those instances, endodontists will resort to microsurgery. Endodontic microsurgery—more formally referred to as apicoectomy—is in a general sense “the treatment performed on the root apices of an infected tooth, followed by placement of a filling (retrofilling) to seal the root end.” (ENDODONTICS: Colleagues for Excellence) Initially endodontic surgery was a somewhat primitive in procedure. Endodontists, oral surgeons, and general practitioners performed the surgeries using a round bur attached to a straight hand piece to prepare the canal, and used amalgam as the root-end filling material. Thanks to technological advances, endodontic microsurgery has seen great improvements in rates of success. At Professional Endodontics, our specialists utilize these advances every day, and by doing so, have saved teeth that would otherwise be subject to extraction. What’s New in Microsurgery? Research and technological advances have led to the refinement of the techniques, materials, and instruments used to execute [...]

By | 2018-06-19T15:41:08+00:00 June 19th, 2018|Articles, Professional Endodontics|0 Comments

Avoiding Antibiotic Misuse

The misuse of antibiotics in dentistry happens often, but by consulting an endodontist during diagnosis, the risk can be greatly reduced. In the dental practice, there are generally two reasons why a patient might be prescribed antibiotics: prophylactic prevention or therapeutic treatment. Prophylactic antibiotics are prescribed to prevent diseases that begin in the oral flora, but could potentially affect other parts of the body. Most often, these antibiotics are used for the prevention of endocarditis. On the other hand, therapeutic antibiotics are used in dentistry to treat diseases of the hard and soft tissues in the oral cavity; usually after local debridement has failed. The causes for both prophylactic and therapeutic antibiotics fall under the umbrella of endodontic responsibility, meaning it is critical for endodontists to understand antibiotic use and misuse in the industry. At Professional Endodontics, our specialists are trained to be weary of antibiotic use, and in the case that they are necessary, be certain that the prescription isn’t exaggerated. A Summary of Antibiotics in Dentistry Despite the lack of clinical evidence demonstrating the need for antibiotics, dentists have been prescribing them for decades, and still do. The reasoning is founded in the dentist’s intention to make their patients [...]

By | 2018-06-05T14:47:13+00:00 June 5th, 2018|Advertising, Professional Endodontics|Comments Off on Avoiding Antibiotic Misuse

Professional Endodontics Celebrates Eleven Years of Root Canal Awareness Week

Root Canal Awareness Week brings public awareness to endodontics so that patients and general dentists know to contact an endodontic specialist for root canal treatment. Endodontists play an important role in dental health, yet not many people even know they exist. That’s why the American Association of Endodontics (AAE) established Root Canal Awareness Week eleven years ago. The goal is to inform patients and dental professionals of the role endodontists play, to recognize the value of natural teeth and to alleviate fears surrounding root canal treatment. Endodontists’ advanced training, specialized techniques, and superior technologies make them the best choice for root canal treatment and other more serious dental issues. By collaborating with an endodontist, dental practices can offer reassurance to their patients that in the case of a dental emergency, they are in the hands best-equipped to save their tooth. Root Canal Awareness Week begins the week of May 7th, so be sure to participate by spreading information and kind words about endodontists and their practice. Specialists in Saving Teeth Endodontists specialize in saving and maintaining tissue in and around the root canal. This means that an endodontist is usually working in a space that is about the size of [...]

By | 2018-05-07T12:23:10+00:00 May 7th, 2018|Articles, Professional Endodontics|Comments Off on Professional Endodontics Celebrates Eleven Years of Root Canal Awareness Week

Professional Endodontics Celebrates Eleven Years of Root Canal Awareness Week

Root Canal Awareness Week brings public awareness to endodontics so that patients and general dentists know to contact an endodontic specialist for root canal treatment. Endodontists play an important role in dental health, yet not many people even know they exist. That’s why the American Association of Endodontics (AAE) established Root Canal Awareness Week eleven years ago. The goal is to inform patients and dental professionals of the role endodontists play, to recognize the value of natural teeth and to alleviate fears surrounding root canal treatment. Endodontists’ advanced training, specialized techniques, and superior technologies make them the best choice for root canal treatment and other more serious dental issues. By collaborating with an endodontist, dental practices can offer reassurance to their patients that in the case of a dental emergency, they are in the hands best-equipped to save their tooth. Root Canal Awareness Week begins the week of May 7th, so be sure to participate by spreading information and kind words about endodontists and their practice. Specialists in Saving Teeth Endodontists specialize in saving and maintaining tissue in and around the root canal. This means that an endodontist is usually working in a space that is about the size of [...]

By | 2018-04-26T19:12:16+00:00 April 26th, 2018|Articles, Professional Endodontics|Comments Off on Professional Endodontics Celebrates Eleven Years of Root Canal Awareness Week

How Cone Beam Computed Tomography can Significantly Improve Your Practice

Endodontists hone in on individual root canal anatomy through the use of Cone Beam Computed Tomography (CBCT). CBCT was first introduced to the United States in 2001, after five years in the European endodontic industry. Since then, the superior imaging technology has aided specialists in their ability to diagnose teeth accurately and to prepare extensively for treatment. In fact, most endodontists would agree that it is a fundamental instrument in proper treatment planning. Being that CBCT systems are quite expensive and not entirely practical for regular dental practices, they’re not commonly found in general dental offices. By collaborating with Professional Endodontics, dentists gain access to CBCT technology, in turn, strengthening their practice. At Professional Endodontics, our staff uses CBCT for diagnosis and treatment planning in most cases, offering our patients that extra level of comfort and quality. What is Cone Beam Computed Tomography? CBCT X-rays provide specialists with a well-rounded and detailed image of the affected area when regular dental or facial x-rays are not sufficient. CBCT is an “innovative medical imaging technique that provides endodontists with three-dimensional views of the patient.” (AAE) During a scan, the patient stands in the center of the machine placing their chin on a [...]

By | 2018-04-24T16:24:52+00:00 April 24th, 2018|Articles, Professional Endodontics|Comments Off on How Cone Beam Computed Tomography can Significantly Improve Your Practice

Consider Endodontic Retreatment before Opting for Tooth Extraction

When root canal treatment doesn’t fix the problem, plan “B” becomes endodontic retreatment.. Root canal treatment has never been more effective than it is right now. In fact, studies show that the success rate, depending on circumstances, ranges between 85% and 97% for initial treatment. Though root canal treatment boasts a very high success rate, there are still cases where teeth don’t heal properly. In these cases, the infected tooth can become painful or diseased months or even years after treatment. When a treated tooth fails to heal or develops new problems, it’s important to know that the patient may still have a chance at retaining the natural tooth. Endodontic retreatment is the process of reentering the root canal after an initial treatment, removing the filling, and cleaning the canal for a second time. After cleaning the canal, the specialist will fill and seal it, place a temporary filling in the tooth, and refer you to your dentist to have a new crown placed on the tooth. At Professional Endodontics, root canal retreatment is the second most common reason—only behind initial root canal treatment—for patient visits. When revisiting a treated tooth, it’s imperative that patients place their dental care in [...]

By | 2018-04-10T17:25:39+00:00 April 10th, 2018|Professional Endodontics|Comments Off on Consider Endodontic Retreatment before Opting for Tooth Extraction

Preserve Your Tooth with a Root Canal Treatment

Preserving natural teeth through root canal treatments should be a priority for patients and dental care providers. Whether you are dealing with painful tooth decay, an unexpected injury, or a dental emergency, saving your injured or damaged tooth should be a priority. In the past it may have been more common to extract a damaged or broken tooth, but these days patients have many options for preserving their teeth. In fact, the American Association of Endodontics (AAE) states that saving a natural tooth through endodontic treatment should always be the first choice for both health and cosmetic reasons. Seek Dental Care Early If you are experiencing pain from tooth decay or damage, it is important to schedule an appointment with your dentist or endodontist as soon as possible. Tooth pain can be a significant but studies show that the pain generally decreases dramatically following proper dental treatment (Pack and White, 2011). This is especially the case in root canal treatments. Thanks to many anesthesia options available, root canal treatments can be virtually pain-free and generally provide immediate relief for dental pain. The Benefits of Saving Natural Teeth In addition to providing efficient relief from pain, the AAE highly recommends root [...]

By | 2018-01-15T15:32:28+00:00 September 15th, 2015|Professional Endodontics|Comments Off on Preserve Your Tooth with a Root Canal Treatment
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