Finding the right endodontist for your root canal treatment in Perth, WA should be based on your dental needs and overall demands. It’s important to perform your own research beforehand, to ask around and most importantly to seek your dentist’s recommendations to prevent any disappointment later. Here are a few questions you should ask about an endodontist and their practice before deciding where to go:
1- Where should I go?
Some people might like to have a female endodontist as they think that they are gentler, while others might choose another endodontist, either a male or a female, based on the distance they need to travel from their workplace or home to see that endodontist. Some might like to find an endodontist who is working during weekends. However, many patients are willing to travel a reasonable distance to see their selected endodontist after they find the right one for themselves. On the other hand, some people might even fly from some regional areas in Western Australia to have their root canal treatment done by an endodontist in the city! (I can give you some examples amongst my own patients.)
2- Who can be my endodontist? what qualities should my endodontist have?
Whoever you choose, you should be comfortable with them. This means that you should be easily able to talk to them about your concerns, expectations, and limitations. If you do not feel welcomed, relaxed, safe and valued, you cannot comfortably fully express your feelings, including possible past traumatic experiences and fears. Hence, you might like to read about your endodontist on their website before going to see them. I have had many patients who came across my name when they were searching online. They went on my website and looked around to learn about me and what I had done before in my personal and professional life. By doing this, they found me as a person that they can trust and rely on as (and I am rephrasing what some of them had told me below☺):
- I love what I am doing.
- I consider my work as an art.
- I am easy to talk to.
- I am gentle and caring.
- I am responsible and approachable.
- I am experienced and articulated …and so on.
Moreover, some previous patients found connections and similarities between themselves and me. This helped them become less anxious when they came to see me as it made them feel more familiar with me before coming to see me as their endodontist. Later, they talked about these common points when they came to see me for their root canal treatment. Thus, some simple reading on the endodontist’s website can put their minds at ease, take away most of their stress, prepare them mentally and even make them look forward to their appointments.
Knowing that an experienced endodontist has treated many teeth during their professional life, encountered many difficulties and challenges while they were managing a complicated case and overcome them, on top of having developed a thorough understanding of what works and what does not through reviewing multiple cases after completion of the root canal treatment is really comforting. On top of that, having an experienced endodontist will prevent wasting your time and money as they can accurately predict how long the healing process might take. Therefore, they can plan your treatment according to scientific evidence in addition to personal experience to avoid trial and error based on inexperience and lack of knowledge. Last, but not least, an experienced endodontist can explain all the complicated things regarding your treatment to you in a very clear and simple way that will make sense for you.
Your endodontist should be genuine, honest, kind, caring, calm, confident, composed, wise, knowledgeable, experienced, skilled, reliable, dependable, accountable, and dedicated in all situations. The practice should also be clean, minimalist, clutter free, bright, safe, comfortable, accessible, and quiet.
3- How should an endodontic practice be?
With the practice itself, it is very normal to expect a specialist dental practice to have sophisticated and modern equipment with state-of-the-art technology. This equipment enables many endodontists to diagnose more accurately and more efficiently. For example, having a three-dimensional (3D) X-Ray machine, which can take 3D scans from teeth, has made diagnosis of difficult diagnostic cases easier and much more convenient for both the patient and the endodontist. When an endodontist practice has such equipment, things can be arranged easier, faster, and more conveniently for patients. When an endodontist looks at the scan of a tooth, they will have a better understanding of the inside of the tooth without direct access by drilling into it. Additionally, a 3D scan also reveals a lot of useful information about the surrounding tissues, which can help the endodontist plan better for a tooth to start the endodontic treatment or recommend other treatment options.
4- What kind of technology does an endodontic practice offer?
Dentists refer patients to endodontists if they foresee any complications with the root canal procedures. Sometimes, they had already started a root canal treatment, however, they cannot finish the treatment. In other situations, they are uncertain about which tooth might be responsible for pain and problems which a patient has, or they might suspect that the origin of the problem might be a non-dental issue. In some other cases, they had completed a root canal treatment, however, patient’s problems persist, or the tooth might need to be re-treated.
In all the above cases, state-of-the-art dental equipment will enable endodontists to better understand your dental issues and provide the best care possible. Many endodontic practices in Perth have operating microscopes, which enable the endodontist to easily find missed root canals, negotiate blocked ones and reveal hidden cracks inside a tooth structure. A few endodontic practices in Perth have a CBCT scan machine, which can take three-dimensional scans from a tooth onsite, while others have normal X-Ray machines which can take two-dimensional X-Rays of a tooth. This can still provide valuable information for the endodontists, however, the value of having a 3D scan of a tooth from inside the bone is increasingly getting recognized.
An endodontist practice has many different bits and pieces of instruments, devices, materials, and equipment. Some of them, which we use at the Teethbytwo-Endodontist Perth, are listed below:
- We use a Cone Beam CT to get a 3D radiographic image of your tooth. This unique 3D image gives us a better understanding of your situation by allowing us to see the structure of your teeth and the surrounding bones and sinuses.
- Radiographs are essential to diagnosing and treating your dental issues. That’s why we rely on the latest Digital Imaging Technologies. Digital imaging allows us to get an insightful image of your teeth with minimal exposure time. A digital imaging radiograph has 90% less exposure time for the patient than traditional radiographs.
- Modern Endodontic Microsurgery would not be where it is today without the introduction of the surgical microscope. We perform all endodontic therapy procedures with only the best surgical microscopes, manufactured by Carl Zeiss.
5- What do other people have to say about the practice?
Don’t forget to check out reviews. Whether it’s word-of-mouth or a quick online search, make sure you hear what other people have to say about the practice.
Find some reviews for Shahrzad here.
If you are undergoing endodontic treatment, you will also need to find a good general dentist. You can use these same questions to find the right dentist for yourself and your family.