Why CAN’T MY GENERAL DENTIST DO MY ROOT CANAL?
General dentists do perform root canals. When you are sent to an endodontist, you have a tooth that is more complicated than your general dentist prefers to perform.
An endodontists is a dental specialist who has earned a certificate in endodontics from an accredited endodontics program at a post graduate clinic in a dental school. Endodontics programs are highly selective. Most endodontic programs consist of 2-3 years of additional training after dental school. During their training these dentists are referred to as “endodontic residents”. Most endodontic residents will have performed well over 300 root canals before his or her training is complete. A general dentist will have completed 3-5 root canals when he or she completes dental school. Once the dentist has earned his or her certificate in endodontics, he or she is considered an endodontist.
4 REASONS YOUR DENTIST WANTS YOU TO SEE AN ENDODONTIST:
Reason 1: Experience
On average, endodontists perform nearly 25 root canal treatments a week, while general dentists perform less than two.
Reason 2: Efficiency
Because they limit their practice solely to endodontic treatment, endodontists are efficient and precise. This equates to positive experiences and faster healing.
Reason 3: Availability
Most endodontists offer tremendous flexibility in accommodating emergency cases, so delays in treatment are kept to a minimum and patients can be relieved of dental pain quickly.
Reason 4: Advanced Technology
Many endodontists use state-of-the-art technology such as operating microscopes, digital imaging, ultrasonic instrumentation and fiber optics, to treat their patients quickly and comfortably.
By the way, today, getting root canal treatment is often no more uncomfortable than having a filling.