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If you have a severe toothache and you need a root canal, your family dentist may have suggested that you call our endodontist at Dental Specialty Center of Forest Hill. Our doctor’s goal is to be the best endodontist in West Palm Beach and the most compassionate. From the moment you walk in the door, you will find a friendly, welcoming environment that will put you at ease. We understand that you may be apprehensive at first, seeing a new doctor in a new office, but we are here to ease you pain and save your tooth. We look forward to serving you.
Is It Better to Go Straight to an Endodontist for a Toothache?
It depends on the severity of your toothache. If you have a minor toothache, it’s probably advisable to see your general dentist first, since you may just have a cavity. Additionally, your dental insurance may require that you see your family dentist first, before seeing a specialist.
If your dentist says that you need a root canal, he or she may refer you to a root canal expert in West Palm Beach to do the procedure. General dentists are adept at simple root canals; however, they frequently refer complex root canals to a specialist. If your dentist wants to extract the tooth, ask if you can see a root canal specialist before you commit to having the tooth pulled. Since endodontists have advanced diagnostic tools, they may be a way to do the root canal after all. It is always better for you to save a tooth if possible.
What Do Endodontists Specialize in?
Endodontics is a specialty field of dentistry recognized by the American Dental Association. Endodontists are dentists who choose to complete a two to three year residency after graduating from dental school. They specialize in diagnosing and treating diseases and injuries to the pulp inside of teeth, typically with root canal therapy. The word endodontic means “inside tooth” in Greek.
What Is an Endodontic Appointment Like?
When you visit our endodontics in West Palm Beach office for your initial visit, you will need to fill out a medical history form, including a list of any medications you are currently taking. If you don’t have your x-rays from your general dentist, we will take x-rays for our doctor to review. Our root canal specialist will suggest a treatment and answer your questions about the treatment. It is an important to know that root canals do not hurt. Please do not avoid the procedure out of fear.
After your root canal therapy, you will contact your general dentist for a permanent restoration. Your dentist will decide which type of restoration, either a filling or a crown, will protect your tooth. Until you have your permanent restoration, avoid biting down on hard foods with the tooth. Otherwise, you should only have minor soreness for a couple of days after the procedure.
What Do I Do to Get a Consultation with an Endodontist in West Palm Beach?
Simply call our office at (561) 232-6896. We will set up a convenient appointment for you to see our root canal specialist in West Palm Beach. If possible, our doctor will save your tooth and help you keep your natural smile.