Just as it is important to be an informed consumer when you go shopping, if you have been referred to a Phoenix endodontist for a root canal, you should ask questions of your provider about the procedure. Your experience with the root canal may be more pleasant and less confusing if you take the time to arm yourself with accurate answers to the following three questions.
Top 3 Questions To Ask Your Phoenix Endodontist About Your Root Canal
- What is the reason for my root canal? There are many reasons an endodontist might use root canal treatment to save your natural tooth: you could be experiencing a challenge to your tooth pulp due to a cracked or chipped tooth, advanced tooth decay, dental trauma that knocked your tooth out of the socket, or a bacterial infection. Understanding the cause may help avoid the need to perform root canals on other teeth.
- How much experience do you have performing root canals? With the average general dentist providing two root canals per week and the average Phoenix endodontist averaging 25 procedures per week, it helps to know how experienced your provider is. Studies show that patients who had their root canal performed by an endodontist experienced treatment success in 98 percent of all cases.
- How can I participate in making my root canal successful? Once you are clear on why your root canal is being performed and your provider’s experience level, one of the most crucial questions you can ask relates to what YOU can do to help make it successful. Almost all root canals need a final restoration after the procedure to ensure the root canal succeeds, so your commitment to having that work completed is essential.
“If you want to boost the chances that your root canal will be successful, you can do more than just make an appointment with a qualified Phoenix endodontist – please ask questions,” says Dr. Susan L. Wood, who practices with the Phoenix Endodontics Group. “Your participation makes you an active part of your treatment team.”