Just as your family’s general practitioner will recommend a specialist when a complicated medical condition arises, so might your regular dentist recommend you consult an endodontist when certain tooth ailments require a special level of care. Endodontists specialize in root canals and other procedures, where the main focus is on the preserving the integrity your natural teeth. Endodontists have the most up-to-date tools, training, and, probably most importantly, the experience when it comes to performing these special procedures. And they employ these skills on a day-to-day basis.
In addition to earning a standard dentistry degree, an endodontist goes on to complete two more years of concentrated study. That additional training readies them to accurately diagnose the causes of a patient’s tooth pain and to perform root canal treatments and other procedures related to the interior of the tooth.
On average, an endodontist will perform twenty five root canal treatments every week, while general dentists generally perform less than two, if any at all. On top of the procedural experience, an endodontist will also have the latest equipment, like 3D scanners, that will ensure a safer, less painful and more efficient dental procedure.
Keeping your natural teeth in top condition is the goal of all dentistry. Using an endodontist who specializes in these techniques that will preserve your smile is the smart way to go. As my mother used to say, “You only get one set of teeth, so take care of them.” Go to a specialist for a specialty procedure. You won’t regret it.