How To Choose An Endodontist

General Overview

Endodontists have undergone special training in the use of modern technologies which includes digital imaging, the operation of microscopes as well as ultrasonic in the treatment of both oral and facial discomforts and problems that are related to the inside section of the tooth. The specific area of focus by the Endodontists is the diagnosis of pain that is felt slightly outside the root of the tooth. The teeth being an integral and important part of the daily life of an individual, it is therefore important to ensure that only the best Endodontist has been chosen.

Generally, the referral to a patient of an Endodontist is made by their general dentist. In the alternative that you decide to find your own, it is important to consider a number of factors, especially based on their experience and field of expertise. You need to find information in relation to the length of time that the Endodontist has been performing root canal related procedures in addition to other related services that you may require. Essentially, you need an Endodontist who has had vast experience with successful procedures conducted in the services that you seek. Arguably, the higher the number of procedures that have been conducted by the Endodontist, the greater the experience they will be deemed to possess.

Links to Canadian Dental Associations

Canadian Dental Association

The Canadian Dental Association is dedicated to providing up-to-date information on issues that affect oral health and the practice of dentistry.

Canadian Dental Service Plans Inc.

CDSPI focuses on helping dental professionals successfully reach their goals by providing financial planning solutions and other support in a way no other organization does.

Canadian Dental Regulatory Authorities Federation

CDRAF is the national forum and collective voice of provincial and territorial dental regulatory authorities on regulatory matters. The Federation is the only organization that speaks for the over 18,000 dentists in Canada on professional regulatory issues related to the practice of dentistry.

Royal College of Dentists of Canada

The Royal College of Dentists of Canada (RCDC) was established by an Act of the Federal Government of Canada in 1965 to promote the high standards of specialization in the dental profession and to recognize properly trained dental specialists.

National Dental Examining Board of Canada

The NDEB was established by an Act of Parliament in 1952. The Act makes the NDEB responsible for the establishment of qualifying conditions for a national standard of dental competence for general practitioners, for establishing and maintaining an examination facility to test for this national standard of dental competence and for issuing certificates to dentists who successfully meet this national standard.

Factors To Consider

Some of the other important factors that should be evaluated when considering which Endodontist to choose include:

  • Considering the technological advances that have been made in the endodontristry field, you might want to find out the range of equipment that the office has. It is worth noting that the Endodontist opted for should have the most secure as well as the safest equipment necessary to perform the root canal and related procedures that are being sought.
  • Ask on the medication that is offered for the purposes of relieving the pain of the procedure.
  • Consider the total cost that will be required to finance the entire procedure. This should include any consultation fees, costs of the actual services that are being rendered. Further to this, you should seek to know the payment options that are available such as financing by third parties.
  • Seek to know whether the Endodontist teaches in any schools that offer education on the professional training. This is also in addition to whether they belong to any professional dental societies. This should offer a perspective on the extent of practice area that the Endodontist has.
  • Consider the etiquette of the office staff in terms of their professionalism and respect. This will be particularly important if you seek to consult the services of that Endodontist on a long term basis. This should also be analyzed alongside the opinions of other patients who have used the services of that particular Endodontist in the past.
  • Consider the location of the offices where the Endodontist is based and whether this is convenient for you and the working hours. This will guide you in planning for a convenient schedule depending on your circumstances. This should also include the availability of the professional during holidays and after hour periods in case an emergency treatment will be sought.
Links To Canadian Endodontist Associations

Candian Academy of Endodontics

The goal of Canadian Academy of Endodontics is to advance the art and science of endodontics by providing learning experiences through lectures, providing teachers of endodontics a forum for interaction, providing information and acting as a resource to dental governing bodies, and improving the health of the public.

Ontario Society of Endodontists

The Ontario Society of Endodontists represents its members’ interests by assuring the optimum professional development of Ontario Endodontists as well as promoting the value of its members’ services to our dental colleagues and to our various publics.

The Dental Specialists of British Columbia

The Dental Specialist Society of British Columbia was founded in February 1987. The founding president was Dr. Dennis Nimchuk­­­­­. Membership is voluntary and restricted to certified dental specialists licensed to practice in British Columbia.

Alberta Society of Dental Specialists

The mission of the Alberta Society of Dental Specialists (ASDS) is to be the authoritative voice of individual Dental Specialists and organized groups of Dental Specialists in the Province of Alberta by presenting the collaborative position of Dental Specialists to governing bodies of dentists, locally and nationally.

In addition to the above, it is important to inform your Endodontist about any medications that you may be taking before the procedure. This is to ensure that the treatment will be based on the full disclosure of the information and this is integral in ensuring the effectiveness of the treatment. This is especially so if you are to undergo cancer therapy soon or if you are taking any intravenous medication that have an impact in the area of surgery.

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