Frequently Ask Questions about
What is an endodontist?
Endodontists are dentists with at least two additional years of advanced specialty education in the diagnosis and treatment of diseases related to the roots of teeth and the surrounding bone. Just like medical specialists (such as dermatologists, allergists, and cardiologists), endodontists complete a post-doctoral residency in their specialty. Dr. Aibel and his team are experts in all phases of endodontic treatment. They use advanced techniques, state-of-the-art equipment and experience in order to treat a broad range of diseases and achieve optimal success.
Do root canals hurt?
Utilizing advanced anesthesia techniques, Dr. Aibel and his team will ensure that your tooth is completely numb before they start any procedure. You can always be assured that your comfort is their top priority. Since endodontic procedures are performed to relieve the pain of toothaches caused by pulp tissue infection or inflammation, your pain should subside after treatment.
Should I save my tooth?
Saving your tooth should always be your first choice when dental care is needed and is the preferred choice over tooth extraction.
- If your dentist recommends tooth extraction, ask if it an endodontist can help save it with root canal treatment. Only an endodontist can accurately determine the prognosis and success rate for different endodontic options which can be used to save your tooth.
- Dr. Aibel can often successfully treat highly complicated cases and save teeth that would otherwise need to be extracted.
- After your tooth is treated, it can function just like any other tooth for the rest of your life, ensuring comfortable chewing and a natural appearance. Do everything possible to save your teeth before considering tooth extraction. Nothing is as good as your natural tooth!
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Should I get a dental implant?
- Saving your natural tooth should always be your first choice when dental care is needed and is the preferred choice over tooth extraction. Dr. Aibel can often successfully treat highly complicated cases and save teeth that would otherwise need to be extracted.
- In general, the success rate for a root canal treated tooth is higher than the success rate for a dental implant. Although there are several dental specialties that can place implants, only an endodontist can accurately determine the prognosis and success rate for different endodontic options which can be used to save your tooth.
- Your natural tooth is already “implanted” into your jaw. Once the disease is removed, the tooth will be healthy and function like your other teeth.
- Due to the higher success rate, lower cost, and non-invasive treatment, choosing a root canal over a dental implant is the logical choice. If Dr. Aibel determines that your tooth is not amenable to endodontic treatment or the chance of success is unfavorable, you will be referred to your dentist or oral surgeon to discuss the option of an implant or bridge. Both of these treatments are wonderful options when your tooth cannot be saved.
I’m worried about x-rays. Should I be?
No. While x-rays will be necessary during your endodontic treatment, we use an advanced computerized digital x-ray system. This system reduces radiation levels by up to 90 percent over the traditional dental film.
What about infection control?
We adhere to the most rigorous standards of infection control as mandated by OSHA, the Centers for Disease Control and local government agencies. We utilize autoclave sterilization, barrier techniques, and high-level disinfectants to eliminate the risk of infection. Whenever possible, we use disposable instruments and disposable supplies. Our team undergoes annual OSHA training in order to remain compliant with the latest regulations.