Can you refer me to an endodontist?
You can self-refer to an endodontist. While the AAE cannot recommend a particular doctor, you can search for a member in your area through the Find an Endodontist search engine.
Can you tell me if Dr. (insert name) is Board-certified?
All AAE member endodontists are licensed by the state in which they practice. Some endodontists have chosen to become Diplomates of the American Board of Endodontics and are “Board-certified.” You can search for an endodontist who has achieved Diplomate status through the ABE website.
Is a root canal painful?
Many endodontic procedures are performed to relieve the pain of toothaches caused by pulp inflammation or infection. Today, Endodontists understand a great deal about pain management. With modern techniques and anesthetics, the vast majority of patients report that they are comfortable during the procedure. For the first few days after treatment, your tooth may feel sensitive, especially if there was pain or infection before the procedure. Over-the-counter medications, such as Advil® or Tylenol®, are usually enough to manage this sensitivity. In some cases, prescription medications may be necessary and are available from your endodontist. Follow your endodontist’s instructions carefully.
Your tooth may continue to feel slightly different from your other teeth for some time after your endodontic treatment is completed. Of course, if you experience pressure or pain that lasts more than a few days, call your endodontist.
Are endodontists available on weekends?
Most endodontists offer tremendous flexibility in accommodating emergency cases including weekends in some cases so your pain can be relieved quickly.
How do I file a complaint?
First, try to resolve the issue with your endodontist. If that does not alleviate your concern, put your complaint in writing and email to firstname.lastname@example.org, or you may mail your signed complaint to:
Helen Jameson JD
Assistant Executive Director for Professional Affairs
American Association of Endodontists
211 E Chicago Ave Ste 1100
Chicago IL 60611-2691
Can you give me the name of an endodontist who utilizes a specific type of sedation or who accepts a particular insurance/Medicaid?
The AAE does not keep a record of what methodologies or practice management tools each endodontist utilizes in their practice. It is best to find a list of Endodontists in your area and contact them to see which one(s) meet your needs.