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How is better for a molar root canal- a general dentist or an endodontist?

How is better for a molar root canal- a general dentist or an endodontist?

Endodontist : Endodontist has specialized in root canals. They have the education and training to handle all aspects of root canal treatment. Many general dentists will do root canals but especially for the back teeth, molars, that are more complex it is better to go to the expert in the field. ...Read more

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Endodontics (Definition)

Endodontists are experts in treating diseases of the pulp and peri-apical tissues. They now do root canals under a microscope if they have remained current. Their procedures are mostly pain free with very positive results. They are proficient in treating difficult cases and know root anatomy better than anyone. They are also experts ...Read more


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Root canal - who does it= endodontist or general dentist?

Depends: Some general dentists will do root canals and some do not. Also it may depend on the tooth anatomy, which tooth, or if it a root canal that needs to be retreated. ...Read more

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Can a general dentist do a root canal or only an endodontist?

Can  a general dentist do a root canal or only an endodontist?

Any licensed dentist: I believe, like here in missouri, any general dentist can perform any aspect of dentistry a specialist would do. There are many gps who like doing things like root canals and are very good at it..They just never went to a grauate training program for a specialty certificate. Just like a gp can remove teeth, like an oral surgeon. The gps choice. ...Read more

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Should i go to a general dentist or a endodontist for a root canal?

Should i go to a general dentist or a endodontist for a root canal?

Either: A general dentist often can do the root canals, but many don't want to anymore. They may refer you in some instances if the dentist feels that the root canal is best done by a specialist. Decision often is made depending upon the difficulty and time management. ...Read more

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

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

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. ...Read more

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

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

C prior answers ++: Ever good health professional--- be it physician, nurse practitioner, physician assistant, generalist (regular), chiropractic, acupuncturist, osteopath, specialists, physical therapist, nutritionist, alternative medical therapists, psychologists, psychiatrists (md or do), must know their limitations and know when to refer. Basic tenet: first, do no harm. ...Read more

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Do you have to go to an endodontist instead of a dentist if you want your root canal?

Do you have to go to an endodontist instead of a dentist if you want your root canal?

Maybe not.: Many general dentists are able to do excellent root canals with experience. Difficult cases are better treated by an endodontist as they have high resolution microscopes that most general dentists do not. I have been practicing dentistry as a general dentist for 26 years and have treated over 1500 endodontic cases with excellent results. That said i refer cases to endodntists that are difficult. ...Read more

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Personal opinion is that a general dentist should refer a root canal out to an endodontist. Would you not want that if you were a trained endodontist?

Ability, not degree: In almost all cases, endodontists do have more training than general dentists in performing rct. That does not insure better treatment nor a more successful outcome. Ultimately it is the care, expertise and proficiency for each and every case that determines the quality of care, and not necessarily the degree. It is always best to give patients the choice and let them decide what they want to do. ...Read more

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Endodontist says i don't need a root canal, dentist says i do. I have pain and sensitivity to cold on tooth. Now what do I do.

Endodontist says i don't need a root canal, dentist says i do.  I have pain and sensitivity to cold on tooth.  Now what do I do.

Pain to cold: Pain and sensitivity to cold is often a symptom of a fractured filling, a fractured tooth, bruxism (chronic teeth grinding and/or clenching), gum recession, cervical abfractions (deep grooves in the tooth at the gumline). Of these, only a fractured tooth would normally require a root canal. If the endodontist says no and your dentist has no solution, you should get second opinion. ...Read more

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Had root canal done. Now part of tooth is still painful. Endodontist says maybe a crack. Dentist wants to save tooth should I have it pulled?

Had root canal done. Now part of tooth is still painful. Endodontist says maybe a crack. Dentist  wants to save tooth should I have it pulled?

Wants and needs: What want to do and what we need to do may be different. If the tooth is cracked, it may be hopeless. Only the practitioners who are treating you can make the final call. I would not invest more time or money into restoring that tooth unless you are pain free. Implants may be an option. ...Read more

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The dentist says I have a small crack in a tooth which is causing sensitivity to cold. Should i see an endodontist? The dentist said i might need a root canal or i might need a cap; but it is not clear to me how this is to be determined. I worry that th

See the endodontist: A crack can only get worse. Sometimes we will do a provisional (temporary) crown to see if this will help. If so, then that is the answer and we proceed with the final crown. If it doesn't help, then more than the crack is causing the pain. If you get the root canal treatment, you must get the crown soon after to protect the tooth. Have the endodontist check with microscope to see where crack goes. ...Read more

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Root canal tongue started tingling no visual went to acupuncture, chiro. Dentist- get guard possible grinding. Endodotist ok. Oral tooth surg?

Root canal  tongue started tingling  no visual went to  acupuncture, chiro. Dentist- get guard possible grinding.   Endodotist ok.    Oral tooth surg?

Hard to understand: If your tongue tingled during the root canal procedure, than that could have been from the anesthesia. You have too many specialties listed and for that reason hard to answer your question completely. ...Read more

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What can I do if my tooth is starting to discolor after a root canal?My endodontist said he can can't even tell, i don't know if it's just me !

What can I do if my tooth is starting to discolor after a root canal?My endodontist said he can can't even tell, i don't know if it's just me !

Internal Bleaching: Internal (walking) bleaching is done, where the opening that was made for the root canal is re-opened, a cotton pellet saturated in dental bleach is placed in, and a temporary material seals the opening. You typically see the dentist 1 week later, they remove the temporary filling, pellet of bleach, analyze the result and if you are happy, re-seal the tooth. But you may need crown for support. ...Read more

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Went to endodontist for a molar root canal and he didn't use the microscope at all. Is this poor quality?

Not necessarily : The routine use of microscopes in the grand scheme of things are relatively recent to dentistry (meaning less than 25 years) root canals have been performed for way beyond that. It's more the materials used and the technique and skill of the endodontist that should be considered. A microscope is an expensive piece of equipment and merits a place in an endo office but is not the standard if ca. ...Read more

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What else besides a shot of novocaine can a endodontist give you for a root canal?

Another shot: There are different shots that can be given: in the back jaw, around the tooth, in the gum pockets of the tooth and down the canals in the root of the tooth. Sometimes some doctors may prescribe a valium or a sedative medication to help patients. Consult your endodontist. ...Read more

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When an endodontist has to do a root canal through a tooth w/ a crown, why would he tell me to get a new crown?

When an endodontist has to do a root canal through a tooth w/ a crown, why would he tell me to get a new crown?

Hole in existing one: When endodontists do a root canal on a tooth with an existing crown they must drill a hole through it. If the crown is porcelain then it is common for the porcelain to crack and break during the procedure and a new crown may be required. If the structural integrity of the crown is unaffected by the root canal then you should be able to have the access cavity to the root canal filled. ...Read more

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What does an endodontist mean when he says my front tooth has healed pretty good after i had a root canal done!?

What does an endodontist mean when he says my front tooth has healed pretty good after i had a root canal done!?

That's : I think it means just what he said--it's healing. Root canals are done to treat diseased teeth, which often create disease in the bone and soft tissues around them. Not all root canals have the desired effect--meaning they fail. If healing is happening in your case, it means the tooth, bone and soft tissues are getting better--the disease is going away. Your root canal was a success. ...Read more

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