Friday, November 16, 2018

Importance of an Endodontist for Root Canals and Saving Teeth

An active member of professional organizations such as the American Dental Association, Dr. Terry Isom owns Portland, Oregon-based Terry L. Isom, DMD, PC, where he provides quality care, including root canal treatments. In the course of doing so, Dr. Terry Isom removes diseased pulp while preserving the stable superstructure that natural teeth provide.

When considering a root canal, it makes sense to seek out an endodontist who specializes in the type of procedure required. According to the American Association of Endodontists, less than 3 percent of U.S. dentists hold such qualifications, which requires two to three additional years of advanced training.

In some cases where a general dentist might recommend extracting a tooth and replacing it with a crown or implant, an endodontist would seek out ways of saving the infected natural tooth. For this reason, those who focus on root canals call themselves “Specialists in Saving Teeth.”

Additionally, endodontists have knowledge of diverse situations requiring root canals and the specific approach that will work best, given the individual’s teeth positioning and level of inflammation and decay. This is facilitated by a certified endodontist caring for the tooth every step of the way.