One of the most common procedures a dental professional perform is the root canal, which involves removing the infected pulp from a tooth and sealing it up. Root canal is also known as endodontic treatment, a procedure being performed by a dentist with special expertise.
An endodontist is a dental specialist who specializes in diagnosis and treatment of problems inside of the tooth: the pulp, which is made up of nerves, blood vessels, and soft tissues. The success of root canal treatment is not always guaranteed. However, when the treatment procedures are carried out by a qualified practitioner with a high quality standard, a long-termed success is probable.
Here are some tips in choosing a good practitioner who can assist you with excellent service.
- Check qualifications. The chosen practitioner must have an additional 2 years of specialization before becoming an endodontist.
- Look for certifications that prove that the dentist was able to undergo proper training on his/her chosen field of practice.
- Look for pictures that show past surgeries the dentist has performed. Pictures of past surgeries usually serve a record that the dentist must keep.
- Seek advice and suggestions from family, friends, or neighbours.
- Ask a family member, friend, or a neighbour who has had or who is currently under an endodontic treatment. They can describe the clinic’s appearance and the manner of treatment provided by the dentist and the staff. If the working area is clean, if the dentist is kind enough to entertain questions, if the dentist discusses the treatment course including the discomforts and pain it may cause.
- Ask recommendations from your attending general dentist.
- You attending general dentist can be a reliable source of information in choosing endodontics as they are more likely to refer a specialist whom they trust and whom they know that will take good care of their patients.
- Check websites the provide list of professionals with expertise on their chosen field.
- Read blogs and reviews written by people who have undergone endodontic dental procedures where they share their knowledge, and perhaps gives evaluation on a specific endodontic clinic based on their own experiences.
- Read magazines and newspapers. Sometimes they print articles about popular and highly rated specialists. However, you should still be cautious with these advertisements as they do not just base on the ability to provide an excellent service but on popularity.
- Schedule an appointment to directly discuss your needs.
- Choose an endodontist that you trust and feel comfortable working with by actually sitting in the chair while being assessed. Asks questions, so in that you will also be able to evaluate the specialized dentist’s knowledge.
Remember that endodontic treatment requires not only a single session and can be painful. The professional qualification of an endodontist together with proper equipment is very important factors to consider in choosing one.