Becoming a patient
Why choose an Endodontist?
Endodontists are dentists with at least two or three additional years of advanced specialty education in diagnosis and root canal treatment.
Because they limit their practices to endodontics, they treat these types of problems every day. They use their special training and experience in treating difficult cases, such as teeth with narrow or blocked canals, or unusual anatomy.
Endodontists may use advanced technology, such as operating microscopes, ultrasonics and digital imaging, to perform these special services.
The training, tools and techniques of endodontists have advanced a lot in recent years. Today, getting root canal treatment is often no more uncomfortable than having a filling.
Endodontists are specialists in saving teeth. Nothing can replace the natural tooth and it is our goal to maintain the oral cavity in its natural form, returning it to clinical function allowing you to smile and enjoy eating without fear from infection or pain.
Endodontic residents are dentists committed to advancing their education by enrolling in dedicated training solely in the specialty of Endodontics for two or three years.
Treatment provided in the Advanced Endodontics Clinic at the UTHSC College of Dentistry covers the full scope of contemporary endodontic dental care. Using the latest technologies in dental microscopy, 3D imaging techniques, diagnostic methods and advanced surgical and restorative techniques, treatment offered in the Advanced Endodontics Clinic reflects current best practices. Some of the many services our residents and faculty members provide for their patients include:
- Non-surgical endodontics (a "root canal")
- Non-surgical retreatment
- Post cementation
- Core-build ups with composite or amalgam alloy
- Surgical endodontics (apicoectomy, root-end resection, root-end fill)
- Perforation repair
- Instrument and post retrieval
- MTA pulpotomy
- MTA apical plugs for open-apex mature teeth
- 3D Cone-beam CT imaging
- Advanced diagnosis of pain
We work closely with our colleagues from different dental disciplines (Oral Surgery, Periodontics, Prosthodontics, Orthodontics, Pediatric Dentistry, Dental Radiology, and Oral Pathology) to provide optimal comprehensive treatment for patients with challenging dental conditions and problems.
Scheduling an appointment
The Advanced Endodontics Clinic is a limited provider; you do not have to be a patient at the College of Dentistry in order to have a root canal. We accept referrals from other clinics and dentists throughout the community.
- Your dentist must complete an online referral form for endodontic treatment to receive an appointment. Ask your dentist to email any radiographs/x-rays to firstname.lastname@example.org along with the referral form.
- Once we have the referral form, you will be contacted by our receptionist who will appoint you for a consultation or treatment.
- You are expected to bring full payment at the first visit. The Advanced Endodontics Clinic offers treatment at deeply discounted rates and no further deductions will be offered.
Upon completion of the root canal you will be returned to your referring dentist who will complete any further treatment, such as place a crown on the tooth. We recommend you have a crown placed on any posterior tooth as soon as possible and no longer than 3 weeks following the root canal.
All teeth will receive a filling or core build-up (foundation) unless specified otherwise by your referring dentist.
Discomfort following a root canal can be managed with over the counter ibuprofen (e.g. Advil) (800 mg) 3 times a day for 2 to 3 days following treatment. Ask your resident about alternatives should you not be able to take ibuprofen. We do not routinely prescribre antibiotics.
Your general dentist or referring provider must complete an online referral form for an appointment.
Department of Endodontics
875 Union Avenue
Memphis, TN 38163