Hello Mrs. Crosby –
Thank you for sending Thunder to intern at my office. Thunder did a great job, and we would love to have him back. We would love to offer him a job, but he has to finish some scholastic requirements before he can become an Endodontist in our office 🙂 I know the kids are excited to hear about his experience, so here are the answers to your questions:
Learning about teeth.
What is your job?
I am an Endodontist. Endodontists, also known as “root canal specialists” are dentists who receive additional training in the diagnosis and treatment of the dental pulp (which is the soft tissue inside the tooth) and peri-apical tissues (which includes the periodontal ligament and the bone around the tip of the root of the tooth). The most common procedure that we perform is root canal therapy. Because we are working in very small spaces inside the tooth, we use a special operating microscope so that we can see inside the tooth.
Do you provide goods or a service?
We provide a service, in the health care industry.
Is your job located in the city, suburbs or rural community?
We are located in the city. Although dentists are needed by people in all of these different communities, dental specialists such as Endodontists are typically located in large population centers like cities and suburbs.
How do you interact with other members of our community in your job duties?
Endodontists are available to take care of people in the community who develop a bad toothache or infection in their mouth. If your family dentist determines that you have a particularly severe infection or a very complicated tooth, they will recommend that you have treatment performed by an Endodontist who has special training, equipment and experience to make sure that your tooth heals properly. Also, Endodontists spend time interacting with other dentists in the community to educate them and keep them updated on modern developments in the diagnosis and treatment of root canal related problems.
Thunder at the office.
How does your job support our community?
My job helps to make sure all of the people in the community have healthy teeth. A healthy mouth is a very important component of your overall health. Think about all the things you do with your mouth….Smile, talk, breathe, eat! It is important to keep your mouth healthy so you can continue to do all these things throughout your life. Also, we are the educators to other dentists in the Endodontic specialty area. Therefore, we keep all of the dentists in our community current on advancements in technology and treatment in the field of Endodontics.
What would happen if your job did not exist in our community?
If my job did not exist, people who develop a toothache would not be able to save their teeth. Rather, the tooth would have to be pulled, or “extracted”. Our first President, George Washington, lived during a time when there were no Endodontists. Unfortunately, he had many bad teeth, and all of them had to be pulled. He had to wear wooden false teeth, or “dentures”. Maybe that is why you don’t see Mr. Washington smiling in any pictures?
Thank you again for the opportunity to host Thunder bear in my office. Please let me know if you have any questions or need any further information. The attached pictures show Thunder using the surgical operating microscope in our office. I hope you have a great day!
Ryan Jack, DDS, MS