In the majority of cases, your tooth can be saved with endodontic treatment. Choose a link below to learn about the treatment options available to you so you can discuss them with your dentist or endodontist.
While endodontists are specialists in saving teeth—meaning they are trained in performing root canals and other procedures to save the tooth— they will look at all treatment options to determine the best for each individual patient and case.
If you have a diseased or injured tooth, it’s important to know
and understand your treatment option. Patients today have more options than
ever before to treat their teeth. Understanding your choices and their impact
on your future dental health and lifestyle is important.
Under the American
Dental Association’s Principles of Ethics and Code of Professional Conduct,
your dentist should advise you of proposed treatment and any reasonable
alternatives, so you can make a fully informed decision about your dental care.
This may include referral to or consultation with a dental specialist, such as
an endodontist, to explore all treatment options.
Endodontic treatment helps you maintain your natural smile,
continue eating the foods you love and limits the need for ongoing dental work.
With proper care, most teeth that have had root canal treatment can last as
long as other natural teeth and often for a lifetime.
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