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 My Endodontist search engine.
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.
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.
Most endodontists offer tremendous flexibility in accommodating emergency cases including weekends in some cases so your pain can be relieved quickly.
First, try to resolve the issue with your endodontist. If that does not alleviate your concern, contact your state dental board. Most boards are compiled of members of the profession as well as members of the public. They may ask for a written statement prior to investigating and/or taking any disciplinary action against those who have engaged in misconduct.
A list of all state dental boards can be found here: https://www.ada.org/resources/licensure/state-dental-boards
Can you give me the name of an endodontist who utilizes a specific type of sedation or who accepts a particular insurance/Medicaid?Expand
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.