How to choose the right endodontist for your senior family members’ dental needs

As we age, our dental needs can become more complex and require specialized care. Endodontics is a branch of dentistry that focuses on the diagnosis and treatment of dental pulp and nerve problems, including root canal therapy. Finding the right endodontist for your senior family member's dental needs is essential to ensuring their oral health and overall well-being.  Here's everything you need to know about what to look for in an endodontist and how to research and choose the right one.

Qualities to Look for in an Endodontist


Look for an endodontist with years of experience in treating a wide range of dental problems. They should also have experience in working with senior patients.


Endodontists who have additional training and certification in specialized procedures such as microsurgery and retreatment are ideal for senior patients.

Communication skills

The right endodontist should be able to communicate clearly and effectively with patients, especially seniors who may have difficulty hearing or understanding complex dental procedures.


Choose an endodontist who is available and can accommodate your senior family member's schedule.

Location and convenience 

An endodontist located close to home or work can make it easier for your senior family member to attend appointments.

Researching for Potential Endodontists

Referrals from trusted sources

Ask your primary care dentist or friends and family for recommendations.

Professional associations

Verify that the endodontist is a member of professional organizations such as the American Association of Endodontists.

Initial consultation

Schedule an initial consultation to meet the endodontist, discuss your senior family member's dental needs, and ask questions about their qualifications and experience.

5 Questions to Ask During Initial Consultation

  • What are the different treatment options available for your senior family member's dental problem?
  • What is the estimated cost of the treatment, and what insurance coverage is available?
  • Are sedation options available for your senior family member, and what are the risks and benefits of each?
  • What kind of post-treatment care will your senior family member need, and how long will it take to recover?
  • What are the success rates for the proposed treatment, and what are the potential complications and risks?

Other considerations when choosing an endodontist for your senior family member

Patient comfort and amenities

Choose an endodontist who provides a comfortable and calming environment for your senior family member and offers amenities such as music, TV, or headphones.

Emergency care

Verify that the endodontist offers emergency care and can be reached in case of a dental emergency.

Follow-up care

What kind of follow-up care will your senior family member need, and how often will they need to return for check-ups?

Reputation and track record

Look for an endodontist with a good reputation and track record for successful treatments.

Parkview Dental Gilbert

By finding the right endodontist, you can help your senior family member maintain good oral health and enjoy a better quality of life.   Schedule an appointment with us today to know more.

Dr. Brandon Schmidt | 26-May-2023

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