333 E Virginia Avenue Suite 115
Phoenix, AZ 85004
4235 N. 32nd. Street Suite C
Phoenix, AZ 85018
Melde, Mark D.D.S.
2851 S Avenue B # 13-A
Yuma, AZ, 85364-7726
Gavin, Michael D.D.S.
6565 E Carondelet Dr # 355
Tucson, AZ, 85710-3523
Clark, Adam T D.D.S.
706 E Bell Rd # 106
Phoenix, AZ, 85022-6641
Yabroudi, Axel D.D.S.
2979 W Elliot Rd # 4
Chandler, AZ, 85224-1641
Over the years, root canals have come to represent the very worst that life can deal you. They seem to be on par with an IRS audit, or an in-law’s extended visit.
The fact is, when you come to us with the very real pain of an infected tooth, a root canal
The job of an endodontist is to clear out the tooth pulp, carefully clean the canal, and seal the tooth against further infection. This may take one or two appointments, depending on how many root canals are involved. Your endodontist will probably prescribe antibiotics until you’re completely healed.
So you see, dentistry isn’t the bad guy when a root canal procedure becomes necessary. When it comes to root canal pain relief, endodontists are the good guys.
On most occasions, the endodontic examination and the endodontic consultation take place at the same visit. Most dentists prefer this. This section will look at each process separately.
The purpose of the endodontic examination is to determine the state of health of the pulpal tissues of a tooth or group of teeth. The dentist hopes to collect specific information to assist in diagnosis and treatment planning. During the examination portion of the visit, the dentist will:
The purpose of the endodontic consultation is to present a root canal treatment plan to the patient. Once the dentist has collected and evaluated all of the diagnostic information, the goals of the consultation visit are to:
On occasion, the dentist may need to consult with other professionals or obtain additional information before all of the goals listed above can be accomplished.
By Clifford J. Ruddle, DDS, in collaboration with Philip M. Smith, DDS