Northshore Endodontics

Root Canal Awareness Week is May 7-13

It’s Root Canal Awareness Week, a time when we remind patients that despite their persistently negative reputation, root canals aren’t what they used to be.  Not only are they less painful for patients, but advanced technology allows endodontic specialists like Dr. Samyn to save more teeth.  Technology is allowing us to treat and save more difficult cases.  With the use of the dental operating microscope and narrow field CT scans, we can establish a better treatment plan and have a more complete picture of our patient’s situation.  Bioceramic sealing materials allow for a better, biocompatible seal compared to older sealer materials and it also increases bone growth!  New instruments offer better cleaning of the canal space and allow Dr. Samyn’s procedures to be less invasive which provides for stronger, more durable teeth for our patients.  After all, keeping healthy teeth for a lifetime is the main goal. So join us in spreading the awareness that root canals aren’t what they used to be.

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Dr. Samyn voted Top Dentist again for 2017

We are excited to announce that Dr. Samyn has been named Top Dentist for 2017 in the latest Seattle Met magazine poll. To create this list, Seattle Met partnered with a national survey company Top Dentists, which sent ballots to local dentists. They asked them, “If you had a patient in need of a dentist, whom would you refer them to?” Other factors in the selection were; years of experience, continuing education, manner with patients and use of new technology and techniques.

As a root canal specialist, Dr. Samyn is committed to providing the highest value to his patients through excellent communication and the latest equipment. Advancements, such as the operating microscope and Cone Beam 3D imaging, aid Dr. Samyn in detecting things like cracks and extra canals that would not be easily seen by the naked eye.

Way to go Dr. Samyn and awesome team at Northshore Endodontics!

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3D Imaging for Best Results

A well taken conventional 2-D x-ray is very helpful in the diagnostic process. Unfortunately all technology has its limitations. A 3-D image obtained through a CBCT scan can help shed much needed light in more difficult cases. A CBCT is a cone beam, or “narrow field” (low radiation) image taken in a machine which rotates around you as you stand. This offers Dr. Samyn the ability to look at your tooth from 3 dimensions on a computer screen. This can help determine if there was an extra canal that had not been previously treated or if a crack or fracture of your root may exist. In the case below, bone loss at the root tips of a lower molar is seen on a conventional 2-dimensional x-ray (on Left). All periodontal probings were normal. The x-ray was inconclusive for a root fracture. After taking a CBCT image (on Right), a pattern of bone loss could be seen to extend to the crestal bone which is highly suggestive of a vertical root fracture. Having the ability to perform 3-D imaging can help Dr. Samyn take the guesswork out of a difficult diagnosis and help our patients get the appropriate care they need.

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Dr. Samyn’s Office Celebrates Root Canal Awareness Week

Happy Root Canal Awareness Week!

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It’s Root Canal Awareness Week, a time when we remind patients that despite their persistently negative reputation, root canals aren’t what they used to be.  Not only are they less painful for patients, but advanced technology allows endodontic specialists like Dr. Samyn to save more teeth.  Technology is allowing us to treat more difficult cases.  With the use of the dental operating microscope and narrow field CT scans, we can establish a better treatment plan and have a more complete picture of our patient’s situation.  Also, newer root canal instruments allow Dr. Samyn’s procedures to be less invasive which provides for stronger, more durable teeth for our patients.  After all, keeping healthy teeth for a lifetime is the main goal.

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Dr. Samyn Hosts CE Night for Dentists and Staff

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Kristin & Dr. Samyn

Last Thursday Dr. Jeff Samyn and Northshore Endodontics hosted an evening of continuing education for local dentists.  The guest speaker, Kristin Pelletier, spoke on communication with patients and helping them get the care that they need.  Unfortunately, patients can become overwhelmed if they have several dental issues they are dealing with.  Helping patients understand what is in their best interest dentally and from a health standpoint can help alleviate their stress.  Coming up with a treatment game plan that is comfortable from a financial standpoint also helps them receive their needed dental care.  Thank you to all of the dentists and staff who made this night a success.  We know you will take some of Kristin’s pearls and put them to use in your office to benefit your patients.

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Jeffrey Samyn, DDS, MSD
Northshore Endodontics
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Dr. Jeff Samyn named Top Dentist in 2016

We are excited to announce that Dr. Samyn has been renamed Top Dentist for 2016 in the latest Seattle Met magazine poll. To create this list, Seattle Met partnered with a national survey company Top Dentists, which sent ballots to local dentists. They asked them, “If you had a patient in need of a dentist, whom would you refer them to?” Other factors in the selection were; years of experience, continuing education, manner with patients and use of new technology and techniques.

Top_Root_Canal_Specialist_Dr. Jeffrey_Samyn_2016As a root canal specialist, Dr. Samyn is committed to providing the highest value to his patients through excellent communication and the latest equipment. Advancements, such as the operating microscope and Cone Beam 3D imaging, aid Dr. Samyn in detecting things like cracks and extra canals that would not be easily seen by the naked eye.

Congratulations to Dr. Samyn and the awesome team at Northshore Endodontics!

  

Dr. Jeffrey Samyn
Northshore Endodontics
Northshore-endo.com

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Advanced Cleaning Techniques Benefit Our Patients

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Retaining the natural dentition of our patients is the ultimate goal because our profession recognizes that there is no substitute for the real thing. To that end, conserving tooth structure during the root canal procedures is important to avoid weakening of the root and potential tooth fractures. Recent scientific improvements in material science has provided us a revolutionary advancement in root canal therapy through an instrument called TruShape 3D Conforming Files (Dentsply Inc.).

Due to their decreasing taper and unique shape, these instruments remove less of the tooth during use as compared to standard file instruments.  The instrument has a proprietary shape that resembles an “S”, which gives the file a unique ability to flex within the canal during rotation, allowing it to conform to complex canal anatomy. Since it contacts a higher percentage of the canal wall, more bacteria are removed by the disruption of their home or “biofilm”. The super elastic properties of this instrument can adapt to different canal shapes by flattening in small, narrow parts of the canal while expanding into wider more ribbon shaped areas.

TruShape files are designed for use by endodontic specialists and training is required prior to utilizing the instruments in a clinical setting. We are excited to offer our patients the benefits of treatment with this cutting edge technology as it offers a truly unique advancement in root canal therapy.

 

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Can Root Canals Make You Sick?

The effectiveness of root canal treatment is well-established. However, misinformation continues to circulate on the Internet that may cause a patient to question the safety of endodontics. It is in the best interest of patients to understand there is no valid, scientific evidence linking root canals to other health problems, and also to understand the advancements in modern dentistry that make endodontic treatment predictable, effective and successful.

The myth – Root canal treatment causes illness 

Patients searching the Internet for information on root canals may find sites claiming that teeth receiving root canal (endodontic) treatment contribute to the occurrence of illness and disease in the body. This false claim is based on long-debunked and poorly designed research performed nearly a century ago by Dr. Weston A. Price, at a time before medicine understood the causes of many diseases. In the 1920s, Dr. Price advocated tooth extraction-the most traumatic dental procedure-over endodontic treatment. This resulted in a frightening era of tooth extraction both for treatment of systemic disease and as a prophylactic measure against future illness.

The truth: There is no valid, scientific evidence linking root canal-treated teeth and disease elsewhere in the body. A root canal is a safe and effective procedure. When a severe infection in a tooth requires endodontic treatment, that treatment is designed to eliminate bacteria from the infected root canal, prevent reinfection of the tooth and save the natural tooth.

What we know…

  • The presence of bacteria in teeth and the mouth has been an accepted fact for many years. But the presence of bacteria does not constitute “infection” and is not necessarily a threat to a person’s health. Bacteria are present in the mouth and teeth at all times, even in teeth that have never had a cavity or other trauma. Research shows that the healthy immune system takes care of bacteria in a matter of minutes.
  • Tooth extraction is a traumatic procedure and is known to cause a significantly higher incidence of bacteria entering the bloodstream; endodontic treatment confined to the root canal system produces much less trauma and a much lower incidence and magnitude of bacteria entering the blood stream.
  • There is no replacement as good as our natural tooth – it should be saved whenever possible. Root canal treatment, along with appropriate restoration, is a cost effective way to treat infected teeth because it is usually less expensive than extraction and placement of an implant. In most cases, endodontic treatment allows patients to keep their natural teeth for a lifetime.

“Given a choice between losing a tooth or having root canal surgery, I would opt for a root canal.”

Andrew Weil, M.D.

But what about Dr. Price? This is a good example of how the Internet can give new life to long-dispelled theories. Believe it or not, the misinformation about roots canals that is found on the Internet is still based on Dr. Price’s century-old, discredited research. Dr. Price’s research techniques were criticized at the time they were published, and by the early 1930s, a number of well-designed studies using more modern research techniques discredited his findings.  No, root canals can’t make you sick, but not treating a tooth which requires a root canal can.

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Dr. Jeffrey Samyn
Northshore Endodontics
Northshore-endo.com

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Patient Security and Privacy a Top Concern at Dr. Jeffrey Samyn’s Office

Keeping our patients information safe and secure is a main priority at Northshore Endodontics.  Our recently updated HIPAA manual addresses the latest security standards.  This past Friday we had the opportunity to spend the afternoon with trainer Dan Wells from Harris biomedical brushing up on these office operations.  Our manual spells out all of the safeguards our team uses to protect our patient’s personal information.  Everything from securing your charts to encrypting e-mails etc.  We appreciate the trust of our patients and referring offices and want you to know that the security of your information is not something we take lightly.

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Heidi displays our HIPAA manual as trainer Dan looks on

Dr. Jeffrey Samyn
Northshore Endodontics
Specialty Care Rooted in Compassion
Northshore-endo.com

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Dr. Jeffrey Samyn & Northshore Endodontics Team Attend AAE Conference 2015

At Dr. Samyn’s office, we have made a commitment to always be learning and growing in our field.  It is important to stay up on the latest advances in techniques and materials so our patients receive the best clinical care possible.  Not only clinical skills are important, however, as active listening and effective communication skills are at the heart of our relationships with patients, referring dental offices and our team members.  Having the chance to attend  educational meetings such as the recently attended American Association of Endodontics annual conference help enhance our skills.  Knowledge is power and providing the best for our patients is our goal.

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Dr. Jeffrey Samyn
Northshore Endodontics
Specialty Care Rooted in Compassion
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