The newsLINK Group - The Endodontist - A Valuable Resource

Editorial Library Category: General Business | Dental | Endodontics Topics: Dental, Antibiotics Title: The Endodontist – A Valuable Resource for Your Practice Author: newsLINK Staff Synopsis: No one person can realistically hope to have a complex and detailed understanding of, well, everything. The dental field is no exception. Editorial: The Endodontist – A Valuable Resource for Your Practice 4064 South Highland Drive, Millcreek, Utah 84124 │ thenewslinkgroup.com │ (v) 801.676.9722 │ (tf) 855.747.4003 │ (f) 801.742.5803 Editorial Library | © The newsLINK Group LLC 1 No one person can realistically hope to have a complex and detailed understanding of, well, everything. The dental field is no exception. As dentistry has become more complex and detailed, and as researchers have made regular advances in everything from diagnostic methods to clinical techniques and the products to go with them, a general dentist can find it impossible to keep up with everything new. It’s not just a matter of know-how. Dental patients in the U.S. have become increasingly likely to take their dentists to court if they think their dental care has fallen short of the ideal. People know more and expect more than ever before. You would be wise to take that into account in your practice. Litigation is expensive and time-consuming. Anything you can do to reduce your legal exposure is probably a good idea. Many of the best dentists have learned to put together a resource network of specialists who can help them deliver a wide range of high-quality dental services to their patients. It’s a winning situation for everyone. Not only do patients receive a higher standard of care, but it also protects the dentist who can then hand off the most difficult cases to specialists who have been specifically trained to deal with them. One of those specialists should be an endodontist. Endodontists, of course, are root-canal specialists who have an additional two or three years of postgraduate dental training to supplement a degree in dentistry. Endodontists can also help with other problems such as any situation having to do with the pulp of the tooth, cracked teeth, and other facial or dental trauma. The University of Maryland Medical Center estimates that 75 percent of all U.S. adults have gum disease, but only 60 percent know about it. That means 15 percent are not having their gum disease treated, and are likely to get much worse. By the time they do figure out there is a problem, it may have reached crisis proportions. Another specialist, the periodontist, can probably help with many tooth pulp infections, but sometimes the problem doesn’t involve pain at first as one of the symptoms, and it can be hard to diagnose. The most difficult cases should therefore be directed to an endodontist. Even though you may hand off a patient to an endodontist, that doesn’t mean you don’t ever see the patient again. Someone who is successfully treated by an endodontist is often interested in additional dental work from you after the endodontic work has been done, because the patient may need reconstructive work as well as the endodontist work. Better yet, the work you do on such a patient is likely to last longer, look better, and be more effective because the teeth will be healthier after the endodontist has treated the patient. Sources: The Periodontist - A Valuable Resource for Your Practice.docx http://dentistry.about.com/od/dentalfactsfaqs/f/endodontist .htm http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Endodontics Word Count: 476 Copyscape Clear Date: 05.09.2012

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