Endodontic Consultation at Ridgegate Endodontics

When a patient is experiencing tooth pain or infection, their general dentist may refer them to a specialist, known as an endodontist, to undergo a root canal procedure. At Ridgegate Endodontics, Dr. Kerri L. Lawlor, DDS, and her compassionate team take pride in providing comfortable care and a personalized approach to each patient that steps into their office. Before scheduling your consultation with Dr. Lawlor, here’s what you should know.

Why Would I Need to See an Endodontist?

Endodontists are specialists in root canal treatment. They are the best at performing surgical procedures aimed to save a natural tooth that has infection, treating traumatic injuries to a tooth, and treating severe dental pain. You may need to see an endodontist if your dentist referred you or if you are looking to get a second opinion regarding root canal treatment. If you are experiencing tooth pain, an endodontist can help you regain the health, comfort, and function of your mouth.

Do I Need a Referral to See an Endodontist?

At RidgeGate Endodontics, we encourage patients to have their general dentist refer them to our office.  Referrals from a general dentist make the treatment more seamless for the patient. It is common for root canal treatments to be followed by other dental work. Because of this, being established with a general dentist makes receiving follow-up care more convenient for the patient. However, PPO, fee for service, and discount plan insurance companies do not require the patient to have a referral to see an endodontist.

Do I Need to Go to the Endodontist My Dentist Recommends?

Your general dentist will refer you to a specific endodontist based on his or her knowledge and experience working with that practitioner.  There are many endodontists of equal caliber and experience. If you have concerns about who your dentist refers you to, or a procedure recommended by your dentist we recommend discussing that with your general dentist or getting a second opinion on the dental work suggested.

Is It Good to Get a Root Canal Second Opinion?

While root canals are viewed as routine procedures to dentists, they can often be daunting to patients who have never had one before. If you do not feel comfortable with the treatment options given to you by one dentist, a second opinion could be beneficial. In these instances, your goal should not necessarily be to receive a different diagnosis, but rather, gain knowledge and peace of mind in deciding if a root canal is your best treatment option going forward.

What Can I Expect at My Endodontic Consultation?

At your endodontic consultation, a focused examination will be done to diagnose the source of any pain or problems you may be experiencing. Additionally, images will be taken that will reveal important information about the anatomy of the tooth, as well as the surrounding bone and soft tissues.  These findings will then be presented to you, all available treatment options will be discussed, and you will be given ample time to ask questions. Our primary goal is to help you feel comfortable with the recommended treatment plan moving forward.

Questions to Ask My Endodontist

Knowing what questions to ask during your consultation can make all the difference in making sure you feel comfortable with your treatment plan. Here are some helpful questions to ask your endodontist:

  • Is a root canal necessary? What brought you to this conclusion?
  • What will happen if I choose not to have a root canal?
  • How confident are you that a root canal will solve my problems?
  • Should I skip the root canal and have the infected tooth extracted instead?

Why Should I Choose RidgeGate Endodontics?

Undergoing root canal treatment can be a stressful experience for many patients, but it doesn’t have to be. At RidgeGate Endodontics, Dr. Lawlor and her trusted team are committed to providing quality, comfortable care to each of their patients. With over ten years experience as an endodontist, Dr. Lawlor’s extensive knowledge and personalized approach will ensure that you leave her office informed, relaxed, and confident that your smile will be well cared for. Contact RidgeGate Endodontics today to schedule your consultation.