What if you do not want to pull your teeth? If you are having a toothache or you notice a big cavity in your tooth you need to make an appointment as soon as possible with a general dentist or an
What if you do not want to pull your teeth? If you are having a toothache or you notice a big cavity in your tooth you need to make an appointment as soon as possible with a general dentist or an endodontists.
Get your smile back by treating painful root canal at Mesquite Endodontics in
Word to the wise: Address your tooth problems quickly!
Thousands of Americans will ignore their dental issues for various reasons. Most
commonly, these reasons include FEAR or PROCRASTINATION. Sometimes, the
person does not even know that there is a problem! Unfortunately, the issues will
always progress. Ultimately, the person will be faced with severe decay, pain
(sometimes very intense), bad breath, gum disease, and/or fractured teeth. Any of
these issues can and will lead to the patient needing to have the tooth pulled!
What if you do not want to pull your teeth? If you are having a toothache or you notice a
big cavity in your tooth you need to make an appointment as soon as possible with a
general dentist or an endodontists. A general is the dentist who you see to get your
teeth cleaned and who takes x-rays on your teeth periodically. The general dentist
offers “comprehensive care”. On the other hand, the endodontist offers “acute care”,
meaning the endodontist will only address the problem that you have which can be
treated by root canal therapy or root tip surgery. In other words, endodontists only treat
endodontic type issues; they do not provide cleanings, crowns, or fillings. So, if you
choose to see an endodontist, you will not be expected to return after your tooth
treatment is completed.
It is so often that patients are not only worried about the procedures necessary, but also
the price. If this is the case, then schedule for a consultation. Let the office know that
you only want a consultation and ask how much it will cost. The office will usually ask if
you have dental insurance. If you do, then your consultation will often cost less than it
would if you did not have dental insurance. The price for a consultation can range
depending on the dental office location and policies. CHEAPEST IS NOT ALWAYS
BEST! NOR IS THE MOST EXPENSIVE ALWAYS BEST! Remember, if you are
worried about the cost you may always ask the dental office if they offer payment plans
or other payment alternatives.
At your consultation at the endodontist’s office you will need to complete a health history
form. Once that is complete the staff will need to take necessary x-rays and perform
tests on your tooth. Then, the endodontist will come into the room, review your results,
ask you questions, and then tell you what he/she recommends you do for your problem.
You should never feel forced to do anything! The decision is yours to make.
Nevertheless, listen closely to what the endodontist tells you. Their advice is worth a
lot. After all, day in and day out they see people with problems exactly like yours.
If you decide to have a root canal or surgery on the root tips there are some basic
processes that you should expect from your appointment. You will be asked to come
back to a room, where the assistant will make sure that you are comfortable. The
assistant will then get your ready for the endodontist. Once the endodontist comes into
the room he/she will get your tooth very numb with local anesthetic. Sometimes it will
take time for an infected tooth to get very numb. Don’t worry! The endodontist is
comfortable handling these issues. Once your tooth is ready for treatment, the assistant
or the endodontist will place a rubber dam on your tooth and begin to work.
Endodontic treatment can range in the number of appointments and time it will take.
Every tooth is different! Some teeth are very easy treat and the endodontist can be
finished in less than an hour. Other teeth are extremely difficult to treat. In this case the
endodontist may take more than an hour, or may even tell you that you need to return
for a second appointment.
Once the treatment is complete the assistant will need to take final x-rays to have a
record of what was performed that day on your tooth. Usually, the assistant will also
review instructions with you and tell you what you need to do next for your tooth. If you
have a general dentist then the assistant will tell you if you need to see the general
dentist to put a crown or do other work on the tooth. If you do not have a general
dentist then the endodontist or assistant can certainly recommend one for you.
(Endodontists know a lot of general dentists! They can always recommend someone
who does good work and suits your style.)
This was written under the guidance of Dr. Lori Anna Dees, who owns Mesquite
Endodontics in Garland, Texas. Dr. Dees is a Texas state licensed dentist with a
specialty in endodontics. Dr. Dees has been practicing endodontics full-time since
2004, when she completed her training. Before opening her office, Dr. Dees had
extensive experience in many aspects of clinical dentistry. Between 1993 and 2005 she
had worked as a front desk administrative assistant, as a dental assistant, as a general
dentist, and ultimately as an endodontist.
Dr. Dees received her Bachelor of Arts in Art History in 1995 from University of Texas at
Austin. From 1996 to 2000 she was a dental student at Baylor College of Dentistry in
Dallas, Texas. While at Baylor she spent a two year stent on the Dean’s Honor List for
excellence in her studies, pledged with Xi Psi Phi, won the MDK Bremner Student
History Essay Contest for her article “Before We Were Created Equally: the Story of
Lucy Hobbs Taylor”, received the Quintessence Award for Restorative Dentistry, and co-
authored numerous scientific research projects. In 2004, Dr. Dees earned her
Certificate of Endodontics from the Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center
in New Orleans. Dr. Dees has been voted a Texas Super Dentist every year from 2006-
Dr. Dees is a member of the Dallas – Fort Worth Metroplex Endodontic Society, the
American Association of Endodontists, the Texas Dental Association, and the Garland
Dental Research Club. She previously served as president of the Southwest Society of
Endodontists, the DFW Metroplex Endodontic Society, the Garland Dental Research
Club, and the Student Research Group Chapter at Baylor College of Dentistry. She was
Vice President of the National Student Research Group Executive Board in 1999-2000.
In 2000, she served as a member of the Fort Worth District Dental Society as well. An
accomplished dental and endodontic professional, Dr. Dees has been published in a
variety of works including the Journal of Orofacial Pain, the Journal of the History of
Dentistry, and repeatedly in the Journal of Dental Research.
At Mesquite Endodontics in Garland, TX, Dr. Dees uses an operating microscope,
fiberoptics illumination, and digital radiography and rotary instruments for the
examination and treatment of sore root canals. These instruments may detect crack in
the teeth and often help locate calcified canals. Further, Dr. Dees holds expertise in
performing complicated root canal therapy, re-treatment of existing root canals,
placement and removal of posts, and apical surgery. Apical surgery is a minor surgical
procedure to remove an infected root tip from a tooth without removing the tooth.
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