Why Choose an Endodontist
Reason 1: Experience
Dr. Chris Ward and Dr. Cameron Ritter have a combined total of more than 20 years experience practicing in the advanced specialty of endodontics. While all endodontists are dentists, less than three percent of dentists are endodontists. Like a doctor in any other field, endodontists are specialists. Endodontists become specialists after additional years of training focused on diagnosing tooth pain and performing root canal treatment and other procedures relating to the interior of the tooth. Dr. Ward has been recognized by the American Board of Endodontics as a board certified endodontist. Dr. Ritter is actively studying to achieve the same recognition. Currently, Dr. Ward is the only board certified endodontist practicing in Wilmington and immediate surrounding areas.
Reason 2: Efficiency
Because we limit our practice solely to endodontic treatment, we are efficient and precise. This equates to positive experiences and faster healing. Our patients spend much less time in the a dental chair as they would elsewhere. Our patients are typically scheduled for one hour or less and are expected to have their root canal treatment completed in just one visit.
Reason 3: Availability
We offer tremendous flexibility in accommodating emergency cases, so delays in treatment are kept to a minimum and patients can be relieved of dental pain quickly.
Reason 4: Advanced Technology
We use state-of-the-art technology such as operating microscopes, digital imaging, CBCT scanning (3-D imaging), and ultrasonic instrumentation, to treat our patients quickly and comfortably.
How is an Endodontist different than my General Dentist?
All dentists, including your general dentist, received training in endodontic treatment in dental school. General dentists can perform root canal procedures along with other dental procedures, but often they refer patients needing endodontic treatment to a specialized practice, who works in collaboration with your dentist.
An endodontist is a dentist who specializes in saving teeth. Endodontists become specialists by completing dental school, followed by additional years of advanced training to include the diagnosis and treatment of dental pain. Both Dr. Ward and Dr. Ritter have continued their education with Dr. Ward receiving his Diplomate status with The American Board of Endodontics. Board Certification requires successful completion of an advanced education program in endodontics accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation of the American Dental Association. Dr. Ward and Dr. Ritter are very capable endodontists to perform routine, as well as difficult and very complex root canal procedures, including endodontic surgery and treatment of traumatic dental injuries.
Our endodontic practice utilizes state-of-the-art technology such as operating microscopes, digital imaging, CBCT (3-D Scan), and ultrasonic instrumentation while performing root canal treatment. Advanced technologies, together with specialized techniques, gives our practice a very accurate view of your tooth, and allows us to treat your tooth quickly and comfortably.
Today, getting root canal treatment is often no more uncomfortable than having a restoration (cavity filled).