How a Root Canal Performed By an Endodontist is Different Than a General Dentist
Posted on 2/21/2022 by Dr. Ahmed Matri
Your general dentist is capable of performing many of the same procedures as an endodontist, including root canal procedures. However, having a root canal performed at your general dentist's office is different than having one at our office. Here are some reasons why you may prefer to have us perform your root canal rather than your general dentist.
Experience and Expertise
Most general dentists perform one or two root canals per week, while endodontists do 25 or more on average. We have advanced training beyond dental school when it comes to treating tooth pain, performing root canals, and saving teeth. Our experience and expertise means that root canals performed in our office are as easy, efficient, and pain-free as possible. The majority of our root canal patients are in and out in one hour or less.
With all the new technology available today, root canals are quicker and more comfortable than ever. Your general dentist may not have advanced technology for root canal procedures in his or her office, but since endodontists specialize in performing root canals and saving teeth, we typically utilize the latest technology for endodontic treatment. Some examples of advanced technology used for root canal procedures are cone beam CT scans, a form of 3D imaging, and the GentleWave System, which cleans tooth roots using fluids and multisonic technology.
Complex Root Systems
There are some times when general dentists specifically refer patients to our office for root canals. This often happens for patients with complex root canal systems, curved tooth roots, severe tooth decay or infection, complications from previous root canals, damage to the tooth pulp or below the gum line, or severe dental pain. We are highly skilled at performing both routine and more complicated root canal procedures. If you need a root canal, contact our office today to see how we can help.