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|Comments Off on Endodontic Microsurgery Can Save Teeth when Root Canal Treatment Cannot

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

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+00:00 July 21st, 2015|Professional Endodontics|Comments Off on How to Address Patient Anxiety about Root Canal Treatments
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