Northshore Endodontics

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

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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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Northshore Endodontics Hosts a Night of Continuing Education

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Dr. Jeff Samyn

As part of his commitment to educating patients and the community Dr. Samyn hosted a continuing education event for local dentists recently.  The topic was on patient information security and reviewed the latest HIPAA guidelines.  “This is a major area of concern these days and we as dentists must raise the bar and keep our patients safe and secure” Dr. Samyn said.  Our speaker was Terre Harris who is the CEO of Harris Biomedical, one of the country’s leading compliance consultants.  He has nearly thirty years of experience in the regulatory field and has prepared WISHA and HIPAA compliance programs for nearly 6000 dental practices across the country.

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Dr. Samyn with Mr. Harris

During the presentation, dentists were made aware of the most recent regulations and offered suggestions on what is required to make sure they are in compliance.  Things like encryption of email, computer passwords, and securing computer networks were discussed.  Please note that we make it a practice at Northshore Endodontics to only send patient reports and information to referring doctors using secure encrypted e-mail services.  This was we can be assured no one can intercept and read your personal health information.

Overall this was a great night of information, food and connecting with local dentists.  We want to thank all of you who participated in making this event a hit!

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Root Canal Awareness Week 2015: Saving Your Natural Teeth

Did you know this week is Root Canal Awareness Week?

logo rct awareIn its ninth year, Root Canal Awareness Week is a nationwide effort to encourage patients who need a root canal to see an endodontist to save their natural teeth.  Root canal treatment has come a long way since its earliest days in the 1800s.  Today, technology and treatment methods have advanced so much that root canals can be completed effectively in mere hours with little discomfort.  Here’s some information on this tooth-saving procedure – Just in time for Root Canal Awareness Week!

Endodontists are root canal specialists with at least two years of additional training beyond dental school and are highly skilled specialists in performing root canals and diagnosing and treating tooth pain. Their mix of advanced training, techniques and equipment improve patient comfort, ease anxiety and alleviate pain.  Some of them, like Dr. Samyn, even teach endodontics to dental students at their local dental school.

Unpleasant root canals are a thing of the past thanks to gifted endodontists, new materials, better magnification and advanced tools and techniques. During treatment, your doctor will x-ray or scan the troublemaking tooth to determine a course of action. The infected pulp inside the tooth will be completely removed and the tooth cleaned thoroughly. To replace the compromised pulp, the tooth is refilled using a special material to fill and seal the canals.  The result is a happier tooth and a smiling patient!

Root canal specialists like Dr. Samyn are highly trained in the art of saving infected teeth and are well informed on the best methods of treatment. Dr.Samyn is excited about the future of the field, especially as new technologies and techniques make their way into the spotlight.  Pulpal regeneration (basically bringing a dead tooth back to life) and biocompatible sealing agents that induce bone healing are new and exciting advancements we use at Northshore Endodontics. While many damaged teeth can be saved today with timely attention, this type of technology can help boost that success ratio even higher.

For those patients who are nervous about dental or medical procedures, there are multiple solutions.  At Dr. Samyn’s office we provide a caring touch, deep numbing and your favorite movie viewed through small virtual reality glasses.  If needed, we also offer nitrous oxide during the procedure or a pre-appointment oral sedative to help you relax.

The best strategy for a successful root canal is to treat it promptly. Seeing your general dentist on schedule will help identify problems that are in early development, and visiting Dr. Samyn will ensure that you receive the most skilled treatment possible.

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Employment Opportunity

Seeking Flexible Team Member with Customer Service Skills

Do you enjoy serving patients and team members and have a willingness to help anyway you can to make the day run smoothly?  If so, our specialty practice may be what your looking for.  We are a professional, yet fun, specialty office seeking a positive, service-driven, full time dental assistant.  You’ll enjoy a friendly caring work atmosphere, four-day work week and a competitive compensation package.  Experience in the dental field is preferred.

Primary Job Duties Include:

  • Take and record dental/medical histories and charting exam findings • Assist with endodontic and surgical procedures, exams and suture removals
  • Comfortably expose quality digital x-rays
  • Give pre- and post-op instruction • Sterilization, treatment room setup, instrument/equipment maintenance & repair
  • Supply inventory stocking and purchasing
  • Creating reports in MS Office
  • Front office support, including greeting patients, answering phones, maintaining files, as needed

Ideal Candidate:

  • Ability to project a positive, warm and professional image in person and on the phone
  • Strong organizational and administrative skills – you see what needs to be done and do it
  • Must be articulate and service-oriented
  • Should be familiar with digital x-rays, MS Office and Dentrix.
  • Ability to multi-task, take initiative and anticipate needs of others
  • Reliable and prompt
  • Works well in a team, with humor, enthusiasm and joyful consideration of others
  • Resides within 30 minutes of our office.
  • Registered DA with formal training, CPR, OSHA/WISHA & HIPAA training and perform to standards

Hours: Mon, Tue, Thur & Fri  –  7:15-4:45

Compensation depends on skill and performance.  We are an EOE.

To apply, please email the following 2 things to [email protected]:

  • Your resume with contact information
  • Your written answers to at least two of the following questions:

What is the best thing about you?

How would your previous co-workers describe you and your work?

What about this job is attractive to you?

What does “service” mean to you?

 

Dr. Samyn Voted Top Dentist Again for 2015

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We are excited to announce that Dr. Samyn has been awarded Top Dentist again for 2015 in the Seattle Met magazine.  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, which endodontic specialist 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.  See more here http://bit.ly/1xOvDgB

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“It’s nice to be recognized again for my passion of  offering the best endodontic care for our patients.  My gratitude to the awesome Northshore Endodontics staff and for all who stand in the dental trenches fighting to save teeth and preserve natural smiles.”  Dr. Jeff Samyn.  

As a root canal specialist, Dr. Samyn is committed to providing the highest value to his patients through excellent communication and the latest techniques and equipment.  Advancements such as the operating microscope aid Dr. Samyn in detecting things like cracks and extra canals that would not be easily seen by the naked eye.  Thanks again to all the offices that were so thoughtful to vote for us!

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Dr. Samyn and Northshore Endodontics Celebrate 20 Years

Dr. Samyn recently celebrated his 20th year in specialty practice since founding Northshore Endodontics. The event was held at Kenmore Air which was fitting since our office treatment rooms overlook this dynamic air harbor.

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This was a special afternoon spent enjoying shared moments with our referring doctors and their teams.

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DSC_6440Our practice exists because of the trust our referring offices and patients have shown us over the years. It is indeed a privilege and a blessing to work with all of you. Congratulations to Dr. Samyn on 20 years of service. The best is yet to come!

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Can red wine fight cavities?

Red wine, we know it has antioxidants.  We know it stains your teeth, but do we know if it helps fight cavities?, possibly.  A new study, published in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, showed that in a lab setting, red wine was able to reduce or remove dental disease-causing bacteria in bacteria-ridden biofilm samples.  Researchers used a variety of liquids for the study, inc
06112014-wineluding Pinot Noir, an alcohol-free version of the same wine, a version with grape seed extract and a solution of water with 12 percent ethanol.  Five saliva samples were taken from volunteers for the purpose of growing biofilms lush with the bacteria that cause dental disease.

After dipping the biofilms into the various liquids, researchers found that the alcoholic, non-alcoholic and grape seed extract wine all effectively removed or reduced bacteria.  Although ethanol is in wine and is known to be antimicrobial, what was truly interesting was that even the non-alcoholic wine reduced bacteria.  The study further explains: “Since treatments of the biofilm with both wine and dealcoholized wine inhibited the growth of bacterium F. Nucleatum, it was likely that other wine components — apart from ethanol — had antimicrobial properties against this bacteria species.”

Though patients could welcome the suggestion, we wouldn’t recommend promoting wine as a good oral health drink just yet, considering this study was conducted in a lab setting.  According to the Huffington Post, cheese, celery and pears are all far more tried-and-true in the “good for teeth” foods department.

Source: Prevention, May 2014

 

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Are Root Canals Safe?

The effectiveness of root canal treatment is well-established. However, misinformation continues to circulate on the Internet that may cause patients 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 cancer or other health problems, and also to understand the advancements in modern dentistry that make endodontic treatment predictable, effective and successful.

Myth-Root canal treatment causes illness

The myth: 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.

  • 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.

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. In 1951, the Journal of the American Dental Association took the extraordinary step of publishing a special edition reviewing the scientific literature and shifted the standard of practice back to endodontic treatment for teeth with non-vital pulp in instances where the tooth could be saved. The JADA reviewed Dr. Price’s research techniques from the 1920s and noted that they lacked many aspects of modern scientific research, including absence of proper control groups and induction of excessive doses of bacteria.

As recently as 2013, research published in JAMA Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery, found that patients with multiple endodontic treatments had a 45 percent reduced risk of cancer.

See the three myths and other safety resources at: http://www.aae.org/rootcanalsafety/ and you can read more here: https://www.northshore-endo.com/frequently-asked-questions/root-canal-myths.html

Source: AAE.Org

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

Andrew Weil, M.D.

 

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Dr. Jeff Samyn holds CE night with Dr. David Clark

This past Thursday evening, Dr. Jeff Samyn hosted a continuing education event for local dentists with world-renowned speaker Dr. David Clark. This was a great opportunity for dentists to learn about the latest techniques for composite restorations (tooth colored fillings). “Enhancing our skills as dentists is key and allows us to offer the best outcomes to our patients. This is why I offered this course and the reason we go into this field.”, Dr. Samyn said.  Several items were discussed including cost effective ways for patients to fix diastemas and black triangles (gaps) in their front teeth.

Dr. Jeff Samyn & Dr. David Clark

Dr. Jeff Samyn & Dr. David Clark

Dr. Clark shared some cutting-edge techniques with flowable composites that preserve patients natural tooth structure while bonding directly to its surface for highly esthetic results. In the past, these gaps would have been treated with full crowns (caps) requiring more tooth to be cut away. With his additive technique, minimal tooth removal is done prior to bonding the tooth for a highly natural, strong and esthetic outcome. Dr. Clark covered other techniques, including the steps to ensure patients have minimal tooth sensitivity following composite placement and a simple but effective “rock star” polishing for amazingly natural results. One of Dr. Samyn’s missions at Northshore Endodontics has been to provide education not only to his patients, but to the dentists in his community. Overall, this was a highly informative and rewarding night for participating dentists.

Dr. Clark engages the audience

Dr. Clark engages the audience

Dr. Samyn kicks off the night

Dr. Samyn kicks off the night

NE Team – Cora, Heidi, Jeff & Wendy

NE Team – Cora, Heidi, Jeff & Wendy

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