Endodontists Treat Dental Infection and Trauma

Why should I see an endodontist instead of my normal dentist?

Endodontists Specialize in Saving Teeth

Special Training

Endodontists complete two or more years of additional education beyond dentistry school. Less than three percent of dentists are endodontists.

Saving Teeth

In many cases, an endodontist can save a diseased or damaged tooth, helping you avoid the need for an extraction

Pain Management

Endodontists learn advanced techniques for managing pain during treatment. They are often experts in administering numbing medication, even for patients who traditionally have issues with anesthesia.

Take a look at the damage a tooth infection can cause...

illustration of tooth infection

Endodontists provide root canals and much more.

Advanced Treatments Restore Health and Comfort

The Most Common Endodontic Procedure Is Root Canal Therapy

root canal therapy

Endodontists have the training and tools to save your tooth.

Cutting-Edge Techniques and Diagnostic Tools

Endodontists use materials and equipment designed to make your treatment both effective and comfortable. State-of-the-art tools such as digital x-rays and 3D cone beam CT imaging make diagnosis and treatment planning more efficient. 

According to the American Association of Endodontics (AAE), the space inside a root canal is smaller than FDR's ear on a dime. Without specialized equipment, it is easy to miss affected areas during a root canal treatment, causing recurring infection. Endodontists use operating microscopes to view the tiny spaces within the root canals for thorough treatment with lasting benefits

"By limiting their practice to endodontics, endodontists focus exclusively on treatments of the dental pulp. They complete an average of 25 root canal treatments a week, while general dentists typically do two."

The American Association of Endodontists

Things to Keep in Mind About Seeing an Endodontist

Endodontists are specialists, meaning patients are often referred to them by their general dentists. However, you may wish to see an endodontist directly if you have a traumatic injury or you already know you need a root canal.

Many endodontists will accept appointments without a referral, but be sure to check with your insurance company before scheduling one. Some providers require a referral before they will approve coverage.

Trust Your Dental Health to a Specialist

Despite advancements in dental implants and other tooth replacement technology, nothing looks, feels, or functions like your natural teeth. When injury or infection occurs, an endodontist can save your tooth and protect your smile. If you have suffered dental trauma, are experiencing a toothache, or have been told you need an endodontic procedure, contact an endodontist today.

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Hands down the best dentist I've ever had! Dr. Herlihey always makes sure you're comfortable and taken care of. He even calls the evening of a procedure to make sure you're doing okay and answer any new questions you may have. The staff is always extremely friendly and professional! Such an excellent establishment! Cara N.

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Loves Park Office

2004 E Riverside Blvd Loves Park, IL 61111

Friday and Saturday: by appointment only

More Info Directions (815) 633-3865

Message

Hands down the best dentist I've ever had! Dr. Herlihey always makes sure you're comfortable and taken care of. He even calls the evening of a procedure to make sure you're doing okay and answer any new questions you may have. The staff is always extremely friendly and professional! Such an excellent establishment! Cara N.