If you have a diseased or injured tooth, it’s important to know and understand your treatment options. 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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