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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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Dr. John Yu
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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?

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. ...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?

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?

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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