Should My General Dentist Perform My Root Canal?
Posted on March 15, 2017 by Kochevar Endo
Knowing where to go and who to turn to for your root canal is important. A root canal procedure, as routine as it is, still requires the right equipment and technology for optimal results. Your general dentist will more than likely advertise that he or she can perform this important procedure, and they probably can, but choosing a specialist is the best option.
Why A Specialist?
A specialist has all the dental training your general dentist has, and then some. Beyond dental school, an endodontist is required to take an additional two years of school to learn and train in endodontics, a specialty for dealing with study and treatment of dental pulp.
Two Years of Additional Training
After dental school and becoming a certified DDS/DMD, an endodontist must go through a residency program consisting of two years of additional training in the following areas:
- Utilization of microscopes
- Diagnosis and treatment of gum disease
- Emergency treatment of traumatic teeth injuries
- Pediatric Endodontic treatment
Upon graduating this program, an endodontist must pass board-certification from the American Association of Endodontists to be officially licensed.
The importance of advanced microscopes and technology for better examination of infected pulp and better diagnosis cannot be overstated. Illuminated microscopes, like we have at Kochevar Endodontics, allow your endodontist to see your infected tooth better. Seeing more clearly combined with the experience of your endodontist leads to a better diagnosis and treatment strategy.
Take a look at The Importance of Advanced Technology in Endodontics to learn more.
Precision tools and files provide a custom experience for your root canal treatment. There is no “one size fits all” with root canals, and a specialist understands this. The use of the right tools for the right situation lead to better treatment and faster recovery.
An endodontic specialist doesn’t generally worry about teeth cleanings and other oral procedures not associated with the pulp of a tooth. Generally speaking, they only focus on root procedures and have a deep understanding of root canal treatments. Selecting a specialist will give you the piece of mind that you’re getting best care for your root canal by a doctor board-certified in the treatment.
In short, when possible, you should choose a specialist to perform your root canal, not because your general dentist isn’t capable, but because you will receive a more tailored, specialized treatment from an endodontist.