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.
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.