Up to 20% of Americans avoid going to the dentist because of anxiety or fear. Of those Americans, about 5-10% are so fearful that they have odontophobia, or a fear of dentists.
While we can’t change what made you fearful of dental professionals in the past, our team at South Center Endodontics can change your perception of what a highly skilled and trained endodontics team is like for your future!
What is an Endodontist?
Did you know that less than three percent of dentists classify as an endodontist? You probably didn’t, because most people don’t know the difference between the two!
An endodontist is not only a certified dentist, but they have completed two to three additional years of training on top of dental school. Often, you’ll only see an endodontist for specific tooth-related issues like root canals and diagnosing unexplained tooth pain. Because of the specialized nature of endodontics, some refer to us as “specialists in saving teeth,” as skilled endodontists can save an otherwise doomed tooth.
Okay, But Why Do I Need One?
If you’re here, you’ve likely got a tooth that is giving you trouble, or you know you need a root canal very soon. Either way, you’re probably in pain, and we’re here to help!
But first, what can an endodontist do for you? Well, let’s take a look at the top four reasons you need an endodontist.
- We are highly specialized dentists
- We are pain management experts
- We excel at diagnosing internal tooth problems
- We perform more root canals than general dentists
- We’re Highly Specialized Dentists
We have the training and experience necessary to get to the root (get it?) of your tooth problems quickly and as painlessly as possible. Because we focus solely on issues associated with the interior of the tooth, we’re up to date on the latest technology and procedures available to alleviate tooth pain.
- We’re Pain Management Experts
Endodontists are known as pain management gurus, able to keep you comfortable during and after your procedure. We understand that the words root canal can strike fear in even the bravest of us, so we do everything in our power to give you peace of mind, knowing you’ll receive the best care available.
- We Excel at Diagnosing Internal Tooth Problems
There are tons of scenarios that might put you in an endodontist’s chair, including, but not limited to: tooth decay, mouth trauma, a bacterial infection, or a chipped or cracked tooth. Throughout our more than 30 years of experience in endodontics, our team has specialized in technology that allows them to save your natural tooth, which is much preferable to an implant, denture, or bridge.
- We Perform More Root Canals Than General Dentists
Did you know that, according to the American Association of Endodontists (AAE), an endodontist performs an average of 25 root canals per week, compared to a general dentist, who performs an average of two? Because root canals and interior tooth issues are our sole focus, we are highly skilled at what we do, and we do it often with cutting edge procedures and resources.
Take Back Your Pain-Free Smile
South Center Endodontics has been proudly serving Tukwila, WA, and surrounding areas for over 30 years, and we’d love to provide you with the endodontic care you deserve. Still have questions or concerns? Check out our blog post, “Questions to Ask Your Endodontist” for more info! Contact us with any questions or to schedule an appointment today.