What is an Endodontist?

An endodontist is a specialist at saving infected, inflamed, or diseased teeth. Endodontists know how to diagnose tooth pain using state-of-the-art technology and are experienced in root canal treatment and other helpful procedures.

If you’re experiencing tooth pain, you can choose to visit an endodontist to get the best answers and treatment. In many cases, your general dentist may refer you to an endodontist to make sure you receive the highest quality care available.

How is an endodontist different from a general dentist?

There’s a reason endodontists are called specialists. All Endodontists are Dentists. However, less than 3% of dentists are Endodontists. Just like a doctor working in any other field, Endodontists like Dr. Dholakiya are specialists because they’ve completed an additional two or three more years of coursework and training beyond dental school.

This additional training focuses on diagnosing tooth pain, being able to perform root canal treatment and various other procedures treating the interior of the tooth. A diseased tooth can often be treated and saved with endodontic treatment. Dr. Dholakiya is a specialist when it comes to saving teeth.

Why should I see an endodontist?

Beyond the additional diagnosing and treatment capabilities you can’t get at a dentist’s office, there are other advantages to seeing an endodontist:

  • Endodontists are more experienced than general dentists in performing root canal procedures. General dentists often refer their patients to endodontists if a root canal procedure appears necessary. The average endodontist performs 25 root canal treatments per week, while general dentists perform just two root canals per week.
  • Since endodontist practices limit their treatment options to just endodontic treatment, endodontists are very efficient and precise. This translates into quick, easy in and out treatment sessions and faster healing for you.
  • Endodontists like Dr. Dholakiya always offer vast flexibility to patients, and even work weekends, to accommodate emergency situations. There are minimal delays in treatment and patients can get the pain relief they need quickly and conveniently.
  • Endodontists use the most modern technology available to treat patients. Dr. Dholakiya, for example, uses a microscope, digital imaging, ultrasonic instrumentation, and fiber optics.

Why Choose Dr. Payal Dholakiya?

Dr. Payal Dholakia, DDS

If you’re suffering from tooth pain, a general dentist might be able to help, but a better bet would be an endodontist. With more education and training, endodontists are better equipped to diagnose and treat tooth pain and diseased teeth. When looking for the best endodontist in Southern California, look no further than Dr. Payal Dholakiya, DDS at Orange Coast Endodontics in Irvine, California.

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