What is an endodontist?
An endodontist is a dental specialist registered with the Dental Board of Australia with additional training in diagnosing and treating diseases on the internal structures of teeth. Endodontists limit their practice to specifically those procedures that involve the prevention and/or elimination of diseases of pulpal origin. To become a registered specialist, an endodontist must complete dental school and an additional two or three years of advanced training in endodontics.
Endodontists perform routine as well as difficult and very complex endodontic procedures, including retreatment of previous root canals that have reoccurring disease, as well as endodontic surgery. Endodontists are also trained in the diagnosis of tooth related pain.
Most patients referred to our office require either non-surgical endodontic treatment or non-surgical endodontic re-treatment. These procedures are typically carried out in two visits, some seven to ten days apart, but depending on the circumstances shorter or longer time frames may be suggested. The appointment duration of one hour to ninety minutes allows our doctors to adequately diagnose your problem, and to provide you with comfortable treatment of the highest standard.
Why did you make an assessment appointment first rather than to start with the root canal straight away?
Not all patients referred to us actually need endodontic treatment. On occasion your dentist may refer you with a request such as to assess if endodontic therapy may be suitable to address your troubles. If there is another type of treatment that may address your needs better, we will discuss this at the end of the assessment both with you and with your referring dentist. For this reason we prefer generally to have an assessment appointment first, unless you are in pain. This will enable us to evaluate the problem you present with, and to set aside an adequate amount of time to provide you with the best possible care for the individual problem you present with.
After the root canal treatment is complete, do I need to go back to my general dentist?
Generally yes. The restoration of the tooth with a crown is required in many cases, and should not be delayed. Leaving an endodontically treated tooth with a temporary restoration for an extended period of time may allow the root canal system to be reinfected and may mean that the root canal treatment needs to be redone - or - worst case scenario - a tooth may have to be extracted, because without a crown it was not adequately protected against fracture.