Questions to Ask Your Endodontist

New to the world of endodontics? It can be overwhelming and even scary when you first learn you need a root canal, but don’t worry — we are here to help. Based in Tukwila, WA, we have been providing exceptional care in endodontics for the past 30+ years. Through all of these years, we have gleaned some wisdom about how to help prepare for a root canal. One of the best things you can do is know the right questions to ask. As such, we have compiled a short list of things you should ask your root canal provider to help advocate for your best experience possible prior to your procedure:

1.Why do I need a root canal? Are there other options?

Knowing why you need to undergo a procedure will help you feel more confident about what’s happening and how you can ensure it’s successful. There are a lot of reasons that patients are referred for endodontic services here in the Tukwila, WA area — tooth decay, mouth trauma that knocks a tooth out of its socket, a bacterial infection in the tooth, or a chipped/cracked tooth are the most common reasons that you’ll need to undergo a procedure in order to save your tooth.

Of course, you also want to know what all the options are so that you can make an informed choice about what’s best for your unique scenario.  Unfortunately, often the only other option is to undergo a tooth extraction. This then results in the need for an implant, a bridge, or a removable partial denture in order to prevent other teeth from shifting and to restore chewing function. It’s also key to remember that having a natural tooth is always healthier than having an artificial tooth, so doing what you can to save your natural tooth is a smart choice. However, be sure to discuss all of these details with your endodontist prior to making a choice about what route to take to fix your dental issues.

2. What is your level of experience in endodontics?

Another question to help you feel confident in the procedure, be sure to ask about the level of experience your practitioner has. This can create peace of mind and alleviate concerns that you may have. It’s also key to understand the difference in a general dentist and an endodontist performing your procedure. Just like you may see a general practitioner for your overall health but see a specialist for more pointed concerns, an endodontist is a specialist in root canals that you may feel more comfortable with due to their highly-skilled level of expertise. According to the American Association of Endodontics, “Endodontists’ mix of advanced training, techniques, and equipment improve patient comfort, ease anxiety, and alleviate pain.”

3. How can I prepare for a successful procedure?

Avoid chewing around the affected tooth before your procedure, and continue to follow good dental hygiene (brushing and flossing). You should also follow this advice while you’re waiting for a final restoration from your dentist. Because after-care is so important, we have compiled this set of instructions to help you care for your tooth following your procedure.

Want to learn more in-depth knowledge about endodontic procedures? Check out our FAQ here. If you’ve been referred for a root canal in the Tukwila, WA area, we’d love to assist you! Call us at 206-575-1122 to see how we can help.