What is an Endodontist?

Dr. Emine Loxley, Endodontist

If your mouth and teeth have been bothering you lately, your dentist might refer you to an endodontist for specialized care. Residents of Sonoma County might schedule an appointment with Dr. Emine Loxley of Santa Rosa Endodontics. What exactly is required for this advanced certification, what types of treatment are provided, and what should patients be concerned about?

Like a general dental practitioner, an endodontist is interested in relieving your pain and fixing whatever is causing it. Your dental history and notes from the referring dentist will be reviewed. Make sure you mention your concerns as well as sensitive areas on your gums or any of your teeth. The goal is to make any procedure painless and successful. Input from the customer helps the specialist achieve that goal.

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Qualifications of an Endodontist

Two or more years of advanced residency training are required for a dentist to get certification as an endodontist specializing in oral surgery, root canal, tooth repair, and pediatric root canals. Dr. Loxley graduated from the School of Dentistry at University of Alabama, Birmingham. She was selected for Endodontic specialty training during her tour of duty with the U.S. Army Dental Corps, earning a certificate from the Medical College of Georgia and the Army’s Tingay Dental Clinic at Ft Gordon, Georgia.

Saving a tooth is a primary goal. The technique requires efficient precision to promote faster healing and less distress for the patient. The faster an injured or unhealthy tooth is treated, the less pain the patient suffers. Worry over a visit to the dentist has been known to keep people from scheduling an appointment until the pain gets so bad they decide to get help. Today’s professionals have the technology and knowledge to make the treatment shorter and more effective.

Santa Rosa Endodontics

The friendly staff at Santa Rosa Endodontics is glad to explain the process of any oral surgery you might need. Understanding the process relieves concern and worry. A root canal is frequently required to save a tooth and prevent the spread of infection. It involves removing infected pulp from the pulp chamber and root canals of a tooth. The blood vessels, nerve tissue, and other items are taken out before the endodontist cleans, shapes, and decontaminates the area. Further treatment involves a filling to preserve the tooth and some type of cap or cover on the tooth.

Apicoectomy

Other methods of oral surgery used to save a tooth include an apicoectomy, which is a root-end resection. It is a microsurgical procedure used after a root canal procedure is done, yet infection or inflammation continue to be a problem in the bony area around the tooth. Local anesthetic keeps the patient comfortable and pain-free during the surgery. The gum tissue near the teeth is opened to look at the bone and remove infected or inflamed tissue. The tip of the root is removed and sealed with a small filling. The opening is closed with sutures or tiny stitches. The bone gradually heals around the end of the root.

Santa Rosa Endodontist Emine Loxley uses state of the art technology in her practice. Digital imaging, fiber optics, and ultrasonic instrumentation are tools of her trade that make treatments comfortable and as painless as possible. A recent report mentioned that the average dentist might do two root canals while the average endodontist finishes 25 each week. Quite a few dentists refer their patients to specialist for this sophisticated form of treatment. It’s reached the point where root canal is nearly as carefree as a simple filling!