Get to Know: Dr. Adriana Correa, Root Canal Specialist

Our new series Get to Know allows you the opportunity to get to know East Madison Dental providers through interviews that look at each doctor’s specialty, strengths, experiences, and advice.

Dr. Correa EndodontistDr. Correa: “Endodontics is an evolving specialty- it is always changing and improving”

Dr. Adriana Correa received her Doctorate of Dental Medicine at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of NJ. She continued there to receive her specialty degree in Endodontics. Dr. Correa practiced General Dentistry for 2 years before devoting herself exclusively to endodontics.

Find out more about Endodontics in our Root Canal Awareness Week Series

Q: Why did you decide to become a root canal specialist?

During my last years in dental school I had the guidance of a professor who saw in me the skills and strengths that he felt would make me a great endodontist. I followed his recommendation and 20 years later…here I am. 

Today my career as an endodontist has afforded me variety and flexibility. I can choose to work around my family’s schedule, which has made it possible to achieve the right work/life balance that keeps me happy and motivated. 

What excites you about your line of work?

Endodontics is an evolving specialty- it is always changing and improving. These changes in technology have led to a more predictable kind of endodontics. I am very excited about the future of the specialty, so much research is being done in regenerative endodontics, tissue engineering and revascularization that will forever change our specialty.

What do you find most challenging about your specialty?

Most people cringe when they hear that they need a root canal.  I think patients fear or negative past experiences causes many to be apprehensive. Advances in endodontics over the last few years even have made root canals a much more comfortable procedure for patients.  I feel that good communication and fully explaining the procedures and outcomes to the patients may ease their fear or anxiety.

What is the biggest change/advancement you’ve seen over your career in terms of root canal therapy treatment? 

Endodontics has had ample advancement allowing for a very smooth and uneventful patient experience. In the past decades I have witnessed considerable changes in technology. This new technology has been beneficial in endodontics since it continues to move us in the direction of ever better outcomes of root canal therapy. Some of these advances include Digital Radiology which has enabled us to take radiographs with about 80% less radiation when compared with traditional methods. Cone Bean Computer Tomography (CBCT), is a special type of X-ray which provides a detailed three dimensional image. It is not used routinely; however, when it is needed, it enhances the diagnostic yield in those situations where regular X-rays are not sufficient.

What are the best ways to reduce your chances of needing a root canal?

The best way to prevent the need for root canal therapy is by using good oral hygiene. Keeping your teeth healthy by brushing and flossing. It is important to see your dentist for regular checkups and cleanings. Having a healthy diet and avoiding foods that promote tooth decay is also an essential component on preventing carries. Carries, or cavities, that go untreated are 

What would you like your patients to know about endodontics and your specialty?

Every patient is unique and here at East Madison Dental we’ve always been committed to providing the highest quality endodontic care based on each person’s individual need. We provide patients with an environment that is both friendly and professional. As an endodontist, I limit my practice solely to endodontic treatment.  The additional training focuses on diagnosing tooth pain and making sure we have addressed all issues causing this pain.