An Endodontist’s Guide to Relieving Anxiety Surrounding Root Canal Treatment

By spreading information about modern root canal treatment, dentists and endodontists can relieve patient anxiety and, ultimately, save more teeth. Root canal treatment is an endodontist’s most essential tool when it comes to saving natural teeth. Dentists and endodontists will agree that the majority of their patient visits, outside of routine appointments, involve some form of root canal treatment. The problem is that most patients don’t have a clear understanding of what root canal treatment actually is. Since people tend to fear what they don’t understand, Professional Endodontics believes it is our responsibility as experts to spread honest information about modern root canal treatment. Approaching Misconceptions about Root Canal Treatment Most patients don’t understand that root canal treatment refers to a variety of treatment plans that involve entering or repairing the root canal. Many people associate the term with the sensationalized reputation it gets from movies and a lingering stigma from the past. It’s important to make sure that patients are aware of the advances that have been made to make root canal treatment a quick and fairly painless process. In order to do this, specialists have a responsibility to dispel the myths that surround the treatment. The most commonly [...]

By |2018-09-04T15:37:27+00:00September 4th, 2018|Articles, Professional Endodontics|Comments Off on An Endodontist’s Guide to Relieving Anxiety Surrounding Root Canal Treatment

Professional Endodontics Celebrates Six Years with MDA’s Mission of Mercy

The Michigan Mission of Mercy event provides dental treatment to low-income families who may not have access otherwise. Professional Endodontics planted its roots in Detroit, Michigan in 1951. Since then, our practice has diligently served the communities of southeastern Michigan, branching out to three new state-of-the-art facilities in Clinton Township, St. Clair Shores, and Southfield. At Professional Endodontics, we recognize that without our community, we would not exist. We appreciate and admire the people that allow us to do what we love where we love to do it. That’s why we made the decision six years ago to partner with the Michigan Dental Association (MDA) in their goal to make an impact in Michigan communities. By witnessing the change that the Mission of Mercy event has brought to so many lives, Professional Endodontics was inspired to strengthen our efforts in supporting our wonderful community. What is the Mission of Mercy event? Put simply, the main objective of a Mission of Mercy is to bring dental professionals to the community for patients that might not have access to them otherwise. Through a system of portable dental stations set up in a large public arena, the event offers a 100-chair dental clinic [...]

By |2018-07-31T15:46:03+00:00July 31st, 2018|Articles, Professional Endodontics|Comments Off on Professional Endodontics Celebrates Six Years with MDA’s Mission of Mercy

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+00:00June 19th, 2018|Articles, Professional Endodontics|Comments Off on Endodontic Microsurgery Can Save Teeth when Root Canal Treatment Cannot

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+00:00June 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+00:00May 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+00:00April 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+00:00April 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+00:00April 10th, 2018|Professional Endodontics|Comments Off on Consider Endodontic Retreatment before Opting for Tooth Extraction

Root Canal Treatment vs Extraction

There is no debate when it comes to treating a tooth with a root canal or extraction: root canals are almost always the better choice. Endodontists receive significant training in the diagnosis and treatment of oral pain. As a result, they have a special level of expertise when it comes to handling severe dental pain and working with patients who may be suffering from fears or worries regarding their dental care. The number one priority of an endodontist is to provide the best dental care possible to keep each patient’s teeth as healthy as possible. This is why root canal treatment is such an important procedure because it is able to save a tooth damaged by deep decay.   According to the American Academy of Endodontists, nearly 15 million teeth are saved each year thanks to root canal procedures. No Debate: Root Canal is the Best Choice Even with such positive results, some patients still may wonder if root canal treatment is best. Because of fear or anxiety about the procedure, some patients ask if extraction is actually a better choice. Dentists and endodontists can reassure these patients by letting them know that saving a natural tooth is the best option [...]

By |2017-01-01T11:25:49+00:00August 4th, 2015|Professional Endodontics|Comments Off on Root Canal Treatment vs Extraction

How to Address Patient Anxiety about Root Canal Treatments

Root canal treatments cause anxiety in the majority of Americans so it is important to take the proper steps to understand and address these concerns with your patients. Even with the innovative advances in dental health technology, many people still fear specialized dental procedures such as root canal treatments. In fact, according to the American Academy of Endodontists, 70% of Americans fear having a root canal done. This means dentists and endodontists have a huge opportunity to educate patients and provide helpful insight to relieve anxiety and fear. It is important to properly educate patients about root canal procedures because it will increase the percentage of people who seek and complete treatment and help them prevent further tooth damage and pain. In some instances, patients become so anxious about an upcoming root canal treatment that they may decide to postpone the procedure or cancel it completely. As a dentist or endodontist, there are many ways you can work with patients to assess their level of anxiety about a procedure and address their fears so they feel comfortable about the treatment. Pause and Ask When talking with patients about their dental health and necessary treatments, it is important to speak clearly [...]

By |2017-01-01T11:25:52+00:00July 21st, 2015|Professional Endodontics|Comments Off on How to Address Patient Anxiety about Root Canal Treatments
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