Weed Endodontics: Defined

Specialty practices generally receive patients who have been "referred" from general dentists and other specialists. Therefore, our customers are not only the patients we treat but also our colleagues who refer these patients. However, we often see patients for second opinions and we have many word-of-mouth referrals. 

One of the core systems at Weed Endodontics is our Practice Management Software: The Digital Office (TDO).  But TDO is much more than software: it is a way of life.  From your initial contact with us, you will know that we do things differently, and this is in large part due to TDO.   Dr. Gary B. Carr, an endodontist and researcher in San Diego, CA, and one of Dr. Weed's most respected mentors, created TDO.  For more information click here

I have trained with the very best endodontists in the world.  I'm grateful for the opportunity to offer my experience and skill to the Reno/Sparks area.  

What is an Endodontist and what do they do?

The American Dental Association (ADA) recognizes nine specialties in dentistry.  The ADA has identified scopes of practice for these specialties as well as educational requirements.  An endodontist is a dentist who has fulfilled the ADA requirements in the specialty of endodontics.  "Endodondia" literally means "inside the tooth."   Thus, endodontists treat diseases of the roots of teeth and tissues related there-to.  

The primary purpose of endodontics is to save teeth that would otherwise need to be extracted.  A question of primary concern to patients relates to this purpose: "How long will I be able to keep my tooth?"  It is difficult to say how long a tooth will last since every tooth is unique and has it's own particular challenges.  Some will suggest that endodontic treatment will allow you to retain the natural tooth for a lifetime.  Unfortunately, such optimism is not borne out in the scientific literature.  However, given the right set of conditions, many teeth can be preserved in the dentition for decades. Dr. Weed does his best to discuss all aspects of treatment with his patients, including challenges and any worries he may have.  He generally won't take on a case if he doesn't think it will last at least 5 years. 

Dr. Weed strongly believes in personally spending as much time as necessary with each one of his patients in a pre-treatment consultation to gather information and to discuss diagnoses, treatment plans, and treatment prognoses.  The importance of involving patients this way in their own treatments cannot be overstated.