Eastpoint Endodontics http://eastpointendodontics.com Root Canal Specialists Wed, 09 Jan 2019 16:43:38 +0000 en hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.5.1 http://eastpointendodontics.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/cropped-favicon-32x32.png Eastpoint Endodontics http://eastpointendodontics.com 32 32 What to Do During a Dental Emergency in Utah County http://eastpointendodontics.com/what-to-do-during-a-dental-emergency-in-utah-county/ http://eastpointendodontics.com/what-to-do-during-a-dental-emergency-in-utah-county/#comments Wed, 09 Jan 2019 16:43:38 +0000 http://eastpointendodontics.com/?p=4151

So you had an accident with one of your teeth, or maybe it was a child, or even a neighbor? Here is what you should do right off the bat if you have dental trauma – For Utah residents.

  1. Of course, stay calm – there will probably be some blood depending on the injury, and it may seem scary, but due to how many blood vessels there are in the lip and gums areas, there will be blood, but it is not normally life threatening when it only involves teeth for healthy individuals.
  2. Find the tooth! If it got knocked out, try to look around and see if it can’t be found! Success drastically improves if that tooth can be replanted within 30 minutes, even if its a little dirty pick it up, possibly clean it up, and either store it or replant it!
  3. Store it! If you manage to have a tooth saver or Hank’s Balanced Salt Solution in your house, then bonus points for you! Most people don’t, so honestly, the best recommendation, and most practical is to store it in MILK. It has a pH that will help preserve that tooth and improve success. Don’t have any milk? You can always store it in the mouth, worse comes to worse!
  4. See your dentist/endodontist immediately. If you can get in quick, the sooner the better. Again, success drastically improves if that tooth is not dry for more than 30 minutes, so store it, and find a dentist to replant it.
  5. Follow up care as needed. Following replanting or splinting the tooth, you may need a root canal, depending on your situation, to save the tooth. If no root canal is done, your tooth may resorb, which means the body will get rid of it, leaving you without your pearly white!

If you’ve experienced trauma or would like a consult, please contact Eastpoint Endodontics today! (801) 901-6095 or info@eastpointendodontics.com

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How Much Does a Root Canal Cost? For Utah and Salt Lake County http://eastpointendodontics.com/how-much-does-a-root-canal-cost-for-utah-and-salt-lake-county/ http://eastpointendodontics.com/how-much-does-a-root-canal-cost-for-utah-and-salt-lake-county/#comments Thu, 01 Nov 2018 13:38:50 +0000 http://eastpointendodontics.com/?p=4149

Whether you’re planning that dream vacation, or that glamorous wedding, when a tooth ache hits, it can damage the pocketbook. While the majority of Americans have some form of insurance coverage to soften the blow, there are many still who have to pay with cash. When a root canal happens, it can cost a bit, so you’ll want to do your research to make sure you are getting a quality, but not costly root canal. Here are the average costs laid out in the United States:

  • Front teeth (Anteriors): Average cost $900 to $1,100.
  • Bicuspids (Premolars): Ranges from $400 to $1,800 with a typical cost of $900 to $1,100.
  • Molars: A little more expensive due to the number of roots. Between $500 to $2,000, with typical costs between $1,000 to $1,300.


At my own office, if you are paying out-of-pocket, with no insurance, these are typically our fees:

  • Front teeth (Anteriors): $600-$800
  • Bicuspids (Premolars): $700-$900
  • Molars$900-$1100

Keep in mind these are only estimates, as your actual treatment will depend on several factors, such as if there is a post present that needs to be removed, or if it is a retreatment on a previous root canal that has abscess, or anything else that can complicate treatment.

If you are unable to afford that fee, you can always seek out options like Care Credit to help afford the costs until you’re back on your feet. Either way, please contact our amazing office staff at Eastpoint Endodontics for more details on what it will cost you personally, with or without insurance!

Utah County Area – Saratoga Springs, Lehi, American Fork, Draper, Eagle Mountain, Alpine, Highland, Pleasant Grove

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3 Reasons You May Need a Root Canal in American Fork, Utah http://eastpointendodontics.com/3-reasons-you-may-need-a-root-canal-in-american-fork-utah/ http://eastpointendodontics.com/3-reasons-you-may-need-a-root-canal-in-american-fork-utah/#respond Mon, 22 Oct 2018 14:26:58 +0000 http://eastpointendodontics.com/?p=4147 You may have been told recently by your Utah general dentist that you need a root canal. It may be painful, it may not. It may have swelling, or fever, or a whole range of symptoms, but root canals can happen from several reasons. Here are three main reasons you may be needing a root canal in Utah.

1)  Decay or cavity that’s gone deep

One of the main causes of root canals I see. Usually a cavity will be discovered if you’re going to your dentist every six months and having your check-ups and regular fillings done, but life can get busy, and teeth can sometimes take a backseat to life! And if you aren’t able to stay on a regular oral hygiene regimen, you can get a cavity, which is really just bacteria eating away your tooth toward the center of it. As it reaches the center of the tooth, the bacteria spreads and causes pain due to the nerve tissue present in the tooth. This can manifest as hot/cold sensitivity, chewing pain, or even spontaneous throbbing.

2) Cracks that have progressed in your tooth

We all have micro-cracks and craze lines in our teeth, but occasionally those cracks get deeper, either with regular chewing over the years or nervous habits such as chewing ice or even popcorn kernels. As the crack progresses, it allows fluid to go in and out, along with bacteria that can colonize along the crack line. As it gets deep enough, the crack line can then cause inflammation in the pulp or nerve tissue of the tooth, and will have the same manifestations as a deep cavity. Temperature sensitivity, chewing sensitivity, and some aching in the tooth can be experienced.

3) Trauma

Finally, trauma to the tooth may necessitate a root canal. If you fall and hit your tooth, get hit by a flying object, or even get bumped in the tooth over and over, it can cause trauma which may cut off the blood supply to the tooth. If the blood supply is cut off, the cells of the tooth starve for oxygen and needed nutrients and die off. This can show up in a tooth with no other signs, such as decay, so if you suspect anything like this has happened, your tooth may need to have a consultation appointment set up to properly diagnose it.

And that’s all for our 3 main reasons you may need a root canal. If you believe you’re having tooth issues, or if your tooth is currently causing you severe pain that makes your life miserable, please call us for a consultation in our Endodontic office located in Lehi, Utah today!

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Why a root canal specialist in Lehi Utah? http://eastpointendodontics.com/4105-2/ http://eastpointendodontics.com/4105-2/#respond Thu, 27 Sep 2018 15:25:50 +0000 http://eastpointendodontics.com/?p=4105 Why a root canal specialist in Lehi Utah?

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5 Reasons to choose a root canal specialist (Endodontist)

1) We do root canals all day, every day – that enables us to have the experience for complex teeth!
2) We can do root canals faster – A root canal should not be an all day visit. The majority of our root canals take 45min-1hour.
3) We have the technology needed – Microscopes are a must for root canals to ensure proper cleaning of your abscessed tooth. We have those along with many other important pieces of dental equipment.
4) We have more options for you – Whether you have an immature root, a cracked tooth, or a complicated failed root canal, we have more options than just extracting your tooth!
5) We can make your visit comfortable – If you’re anxious about your root canal, we use sedation dentistry to help your appointment be as smooth as possible!

Hopefully that helps! If you are in need of an emergency dentist to treat your root canal problem, please contact us right away to see about our insurances and payment plans we accept. Thanks!

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How to know if you need a root canal in Utah http://eastpointendodontics.com/how-to-know-if-you-need-a-root-canal-in-utah/ http://eastpointendodontics.com/how-to-know-if-you-need-a-root-canal-in-utah/#respond Tue, 17 Jul 2018 17:27:09 +0000 http://eastpointendodontics.com/?p=4095

You may have come to this page wondering if that tooth pain you have been having means you need a root canal – the short answer is you might, but you might not! Just because a tooth is having pain doesn’t necessarily mean you need a root canal. Here are common signs and symptoms to see if you need a root canal:

1) Severe hot/cold pain that lasts >30 seconds at a time

  • A little sensitivity is fairly common, especially if you just recently had dental work or a cleaning done. Some people have cold sensitive teeth and use Sensodyne to control it. But if you are at the point where you eat or drink something and the cold or heat pain lasts longer than 30 seconds, it is more than likely the nerve has irreversible damage and needs a root canal.

2) Throbbing/Aching/Pulsating pain that wakes you up at night or hurts throughout the day

  • This one is usually the most obvious, because it will make your head feel like it is on the verge of bursting with pain. Jaw aches, ear aches, and even head aches may accompany a tooth infection. It is definitely something that needs to be evaluated properly.

3) “Pimple” on the gums (draining sinus tract)

  • Many of these “pimples” or draining sinus tracts will not have pain and may be the only sign of something going on in the tooth. It is an attempt by your body’s cells to remove infected material or inflammatory tissue and may or may not have drainage to go along with it. It can also be due to periodontal disease which may be an antimicrobial mouth wash to heal.

4) Swelling

  • Another obvious sign that your tooth may need a root canal. Swelling can appear quickly and will present with a significant buildup of pressure and pain. It may even get to the point where you have trouble swallowing or blinking your eyes if it has progressed quickly. Swelling is one thing that needs to be checked immediately, since the sooner an endodontist can treat that, the easier it will be to control the pain and further swelling.

5) Tooth feels “different” or “loose”

  • A symptoms I often find happening here in Utah is patients stating their tooth feels like it has moved or wiggles when they bite on it. This can happen as the bone around the tooth disappears and is lost, which then makes the tooth mobile. Left unchecked, it can make the tooth incur further bone loss, possibly to the point the tooth will need to be extracted.

In summary, those are the five main symptoms patients that come into my office experience. If you have further questions, or are experiencing any of these and would like to be evaluated please come into Eastpoint Endodontics today.



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3 Common Myths About Endodontists (Root Canal Specialists Utah County) http://eastpointendodontics.com/3-common-myths-about-endodontists-root-canal-specialists-utah-county/ http://eastpointendodontics.com/3-common-myths-about-endodontists-root-canal-specialists-utah-county/#respond Thu, 28 Jun 2018 20:06:12 +0000 http://eastpointendodontics.com/?p=4089

I frequently run across patients that do not know what an Endodontist is, let alone what they do! I would like to present 3 common myths about Endodontists you may come across here in Utah:

 1) Endodontists are expensive!

FALSE! In our office, we have made our fees to be as low, if not lower in some cases as most dentists. Whether you are paying with cash or insurance, your fee is comparable to any other dentist. Especially if you are paying with insurance, the fees are set by each policy, which means we can all only charge the same maximum fee!

2) My dentist can do the root canal just as well as anyone!

This may be true in some cases, like easier root canals in the front, or single rooted teeth, but Endodontists have an additional 2-3 years of residency dedicated solely to research, study, and clinical work with root canals! That means 1000’s of hours and root canals more than the average dentist. Root canals are a procedure that requires experience, and endodontists have that!

3) Every dentist in Utah uses the same tools and equipment.

An endodontist probably would use the same stuff anyway. This also may be true in some cases, but the majority of the time it is FALSE! Endodontists use microscopic magnification for all procedures, which enables them to see root canals otherwise left untreated. We also have additional small equipment that when all combined makes your appointment faster, more efficient, and more successful in the long term!

If you would like to see what a difference a root canal specialist can make for your toothache, then please call our office located in Lehi, Utah today at 801-901-6095 or visit our website at www.eastpointendodontics.com.

Dr. Smith


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The Truth About Cracked Teeth in Lehi, Utah. http://eastpointendodontics.com/the-truth-about-cracked-teeth-in-lehi-utah/ http://eastpointendodontics.com/the-truth-about-cracked-teeth-in-lehi-utah/#respond Thu, 28 Jun 2018 19:56:23 +0000 http://eastpointendodontics.com/?p=4085


So you’ve been told your tooth is cracked? Or you haven’t and you’re noticing a dark line appearing down the middle of your tooth? All of us in Utah have cracked teeth, even dentists, but some cracks deepen over time due to chewing, habits or injury. If that happens, you may notice your tooth becoming sensitive to hot or cold or you may have pain when biting or chewing food. Either way, if you suspect a crack, endodontists are specially trained to diagnose them, and if you are located in Utah or Salt Lake County, we would love to have you in our office!

There are two main approaches to treating a crack, depending on the extent and symptoms of it. If the crack is only slight, you may be able to crown it without having to do endodontic treatment. If it is more severe, a root canal will be needed prior to placing a crown, otherwise the symptoms may worsen as the nerve dies off.

If any of these symptoms apply to you, or if you would just like us to take a look at your cracked tooth, please call our office located in Lehi, Utah today at 801-901-6095 or visit our website at www.eastpointendodontics.com. Have a wonderful day!

Dr. Smith


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What is an Endodontist and what do they do in Utah? http://eastpointendodontics.com/what-is-an-endodontist-and-what-do-they-do/ http://eastpointendodontics.com/what-is-an-endodontist-and-what-do-they-do/#comments Wed, 13 Jun 2018 16:50:46 +0000 http://eastpointendodontics.com/?p=4079

I am frequently surprised that patients come in not knowing there is such a specialist as an Endodontist, or root canal doctor. There is someone that solely does root canals and is very good at what they do! Just a little background info regarding endodontists, or root canal specialists:

Endodontists are dentists who specialize in maintaining teeth through endodontic therapy (AKA root canals) — procedures, involving the soft inner tissue of the teeth, called the pulp. The word “endodontic” comes from “endo” meaning inside and “odont” meaning tooth, so “inside the tooth.” Like many medical terms, it’s Greek. All dentists are trained in diagnosis and endodontic therapy, however, some teeth can be especially difficult to diagnose and treat. That’s why you might be sent to an endodontist, or you may decide to say “no thanks” to your dentist, and have a specialist do the root canal for you!

In addition to dental school, endodontists receive two or more years of advanced education in this kind of treatment. They study root canal techniques and procedures in greater depth, for diagnosis and treatment of more difficult cases. For this reason, many dentists choose to refer their patients to endodontists. Add to that that an endodontist has special equipment regular dentists may not have, as well as the tactile sense to treat difficult cases.

In short, an endodontist is your best friend to get you out of pain! If you’re experiencing any pain, please call our office located in Lehi, Utah today at 801-901-6095 or visit our website at www.eastpointendodontics.com. Have a wonderful day!

Dr. Gavyn Smith

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