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Beth Hamann, D.D.S.

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Top 10 Critical Things You Should Know
Before You Select a Root Canal Dentist

Root canal dentistry is an investment in the future of your smile. And, like any investment, you'll want to do a little research before making a final decision on dental work. These guidelines can help you choose the practitioner who's right for you

  1. Check the doctor's credentials.

    Endodontic dentistry is recognized by the American Dental Association (ADA) as a specialty. Though licensed general dentists can perform root canals, complicated cases are best handled by endodontists. No matter who you choose, make sure the dentist is licensed through the state dental board.

  2. Investigate the doctor's training.

    The best dentists didn't just go to dental school; they also completed extensive post-graduate training programs that focus specifically on issues of dentistry. In addition, the best dentists regularly attend continuing education classes to stay up-to-date on new procedures and materials.

  3. Know the basics of root canal dentistry.

    Each tooth has a soft, pulpy core. When this root becomes infected (usually because of a deep cavity or broken tooth), the entire tooth can die. The only way to save such an abscessed tooth is with endodontic dentistry.

  4. Start with a consultation.

    Going in for a consultation is a great way to learn more about a dentist and dental practice. Consultations are generally inexpensive, and are sometimes even offered for free. Talk to the dentist before you commit to anything. Remember, it's your job to make an educated decision.

  5. Consider all your options.

    A root canal can save your diseased tooth, but it's not your only option: dentures, bridges and dental implants can all stand in for missing teeth. Though they're not the right choice for everyone, make sure your dentist explains all of your options.

  6. Communication is key.

    It's essential that you be able to talk to your dentist - and that your dentist will listen to you! There's a lot of dialogue that needs to go into an individual long-term treatment plan. If you feel bullied, pressured, or rushed, then that's probably not the right dentist for you.

  7. Don't pay too much - or too little.

    Some dental practices charge more by marketing themselves as high-end luxury dentists. Other dentists try to make up for poor materials and shoddy work by offering low prices. Beware the extremes.

  8. An honest dentist sets realistic expectations.

    Watch out for doctors who promise more than they can deliver. You want a dentist who will tell you what can and cannot be done for your smile. You need to know how long the process will take, what you'll have to do, and any complications that could occur.

  9. Nothing compares to experience.

    Much like other people, dentists get better at things the more they do them. Ideally, your dentist will have lots of experience with root canals in general and with cases like yours specifically.

  10. Ask about the entire treatment procedure.

    Root canals are a lot more complicated than ordinary fillings. Your treatment will likely involve more than one office visit. First the dentist drills into the tooth and cleans out the root; on a later visit, a crown is placed atop the tooth.

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"We know that selecting a root canal dentist is not easy. I want you to know that you can call me personally with any questions or concerns."

4235 N. 32nd. Street

Suite C

Phoenix, Arizona 85018

Appt Tel: (602) 957-2411


Our office is conveniently located in Central Phoenix on the east side of 32nd Street just north of Indian School.