Why Choose OUR Endodontists?
Reason 1: Experience and Expertise
Each of our endodontists at Madison Endodontic Associates, S.C., (MEA) exclusively only perform root canal treatment and endodontic surgeries, whereas general dentists complete far less root canal treatments per year. All of our doctors have been or are currently endodontic instructors in either hospitals, dental study clubs, or university settings locally as well as internationally. They all are committed to be at the top of the speciality of endodontics to best serve patients.
Reason 2: Efficiency
Because they limit their practice solely to endodontic treatment, our endodontists are efficient and precise. This equates to positive experiences and faster healing for our patients.
Reason 3: Availability
We offer tremendous flexibility in accommodating emergency cases, delays in treatment are kept to a minimum, and patients can be relieved of dental pain quickly.
Reason 4: Advanced Technology
At Madison Endodontic Associates, S.C., our endodontists use state-of-the-art technology such as operating microscopes, digital imaging, CBCT imaging, ultrasonic instrumentation, and micro-surgical instruments, to treat their patients quickly and comfortably.
Today, having root canal treatment at our office is often no more uncomfortable than having a filling.
What is endodontics?
Endodontics is a branch of dentistry recognized by the American Dental Association involving treatment of the pulp (root canal) and surrounding tissues of the tooth.
- When you look at your tooth in the mirror, what you see is the crown. The rest of the tooth, the portion hidden beneath the gum line, is called the root.
- Though the outer portion of the root is a hard tissue called dentin, the inside channel or “root canal” contains a pulp of soft tissue, blood vessels and nerves.
- Bacteria that are introduced into the pulp as a result of tooth decay, periodontal disease, tooth fracture or other problems, can severely damage the pulp.
- When that happens, our endodontists carefully remove the diseased pulp to save the tooth and prevent further infection and inflammation.
- After successful endodontic treatment, the tooth continues to perform normally.
I’m worried about x-rays. Should I be?
- No. While x-rays will be necessary during your endodontic treatment, we use an advanced non-film computerized system, called digital radiography, that produces radiation levels up to 90 percent lower than those of already low dose conventional dental x-ray machinery.
- These digital images may be optimized, archived, printed and sent to other health care providers via e-mail or CD-ROM.
What about infection?
- Again, there’s no need for concern.
- We adhere to the most rigorous standards of infection control advocated by OSHA, the Centers for Disease Control and the American Dental Association.
- We utilize autoclave sterilization and barrier techniques to eliminate any risk of infection.
What happens after treatment?
- When your root canal therapy has been completed, a record of your treatment will be sent to your restorative dentist.
- You should contact your dentist’s office for a follow-up restoration within a few weeks of completion at our office.
- Your restorative dentist will decide on what type of restoration is necessary to protect your tooth.
- It is rare for endodontic patients to experience complications after routine endodontic treatment or microsurgery.
- If a problem does occur, however, we are available at all times to respond.