A member asked:

Why should an endodontist do my root canal and not my regular dentist?

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Dr. Matt Fulmer answered

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Root Canal: Your dentist may choose to send you to an endodontist if he feels the case is too difficult or complex for him to treat. This is not uncommon and it simply depends on the skill or comfort level of your general dentist.

Answered 10/3/2016

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Dr. Maurice Lindly answered

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Maybe not.: Many general dentists do excellent endodontic, "root canal", treatment. They have had extensive training and with experience can achieve outstanding results. However, some difficult cases are better treated at a specialist, an endodontist, as they have high resolution microscopes that few general dentists have. Endodontists are able to treat difficult cases with more predictable results.

Answered 5/21/2015

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Dr. Sal Aragona answered

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Either: This all depends on the complexity of the root canal treatment and the skill, judgement and experience of the general dentist performing the procedure. A general dentist can do these procedures if they have continued extensive training in endodontics and have developed the skill and judgement over time. If a particular general dentist refers to an specialist, that just means the case is complex.

Answered 12/9/2013

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Dr. Doyle Sam Spence answered

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Complexity: General dentist evaluate the tooth and see if he/she can do the root canal. If the root canal looks too complex they may send the patient to a endodontist. The endodontist spercializes in root canals and is especially good at complex procedures. Last the dentist for whatever reason may not feel comfortable with doing the root canal.

Answered 3/13/2016

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Dr. Ajay Dhankhar answered

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Expertise: Endodontist have advanced training and specialized equipment and skills that are necessary for many rcts that regualar dentists are not trained for.

Answered 8/28/2013

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Dr. Yigal Prilutsky answered

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Discretion: It is up to your general dentist to decide whether or not he or she is comfortable doing a particular procedure. Most dentists have certain procedures they like and are good at doing, while they avoid other procedures. A root canal treatment is one of those procedures that many general dentists are uncomfortable doing.

Answered 12/10/2012

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Could endodontists prescribe pain pills after a root canal?

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