Choosing the Right Largo, FL Endodontist for You: 5 Questions to Ask

You know pain — that deep, throbbing, radiating kind that makes the whole side of your face. It’s ten times worse than an ice cream headache, but extreme cold and hot food set off the chain reaction in your mouth that you can only describe as torture. Enter the pain-relieving root canal treatment.

In a case of guilt by association, you may associate root canals with pain, but a root canal stops this pain in its track, correcting a decaying tooth root that would only lead to more agony, left unattended. Using gentle, modern technology, Florida endodontic specialists can treat that painful tooth at the root and get you back to life.

Signs You Need a Root Canal

Those who need a root canal have a continual or “off and on” pain deep in the tooth that they can often feel through their whole jaw or the side of the face. It may feel dull before a hot or cold food “activates” the pain, causing sharp radiation. The tooth may or may not become discolored. The tooth is dying, so it loses its natural off-white appearance. The surrounding gums are often swollen from infection. The tooth could also be chipped, cracked, or even move.


How to Find the Best Largo FL Root Canal Specialists

1. Are Largo FL Dentists Using Advanced Technology?

The root canal came by its reputation, honestly. Root canals used to be very painful. That was before modern dentistry and anesthesia techniques. You don’t want someone doing the procedure the “old way”, but endodontics has advanced in just the past five years. You want to work with Florida endodontic specialists who are using modern technology and methods.


2. Is Their Dental Care Gentle?

People have various experiences with dentists –good and bad. It’s important that endodontic specialists consider your feelings, put you at ease, and perform procedures most gently. Talk to the Endodontist about the specific methods they use to ensure your comfort.


3. Is Their Dental Care Personalized?

This is your mouth. A root canal isn’t always the best course of treatment. Your dentists in Largo, FL should thoroughly examine your mouth, listen to your concerns, and then personalize a treatment plan to address your unique situation effectively.

To this end, you should feel you can trust the endodontist. They should be honest with you about what’s wrong and your options, not try to sell you a one-size-fits-all solution.


4. Do They Offer Special Financing?

Few people would want to pay for a root canal all at once. However, you don’t want to put it on a high-interest credit card. Reputable Eastern Florida endodontists typically allow you to break that up into easier payments without interest.

Ideally, they should also work with your insurance to ensure you’re not paying out more than you have to. Dr. Rillman is in-network with many insurers. We can verify your insurance before your appointment to make sure you’re covered and guide you through the insurance process.  Furthermore, you’ll get a complete list of services, what insurance covers, and how much you’ll pay out-of-pocket.


5. Do You Feel Informed about Root Canals?

You should feel all of these and other questions were answered and have access to additional educational resources if you want.


Bonus: Are They Qualified and Skilled to Perform a Root Canal?

Dr. Rillman has been in practice in Largo, FL since 2004. He uses state-of-the-art endodontics technology and procedures and has two Degrees of Doctor of Dental Medicine. One is from Universidad Intercontinental in Mexico City, Mexico, in 1983. The other is from Washington University at St. Louis, MO, in 1987. He received his certificate in  Prosthodontics in 1997 after his residency at the Medical College of Georgia.

Largo Endodontics serves patients from the areas surrounding Largo, FL, including Clearwater, St. Petersburg, Pinellas Park, and generally Pinellas County, FL.

If you want to learn more about whether a root canal may be your best option, please get in touch with our team at Largo Endodontics to schedule your appointment.