Root Canals

Why have I been referred to an Endodontist? 

Endodontists perform routine as well as very involved root canal procedures. They have a great deal of experience treating complex teeth with unusual root anatomy, calcified canals and even previously treated teeth that fail to heal. Some teeth due to their complex nature require the use of specialized equipment including surgical microscopes, ultrasonics, and digital radiography. Endodontists are also experienced at finding the cause of oral pain that has been difficult to diagnose. Endodontists have approximately 2-3 additional years of specialized training beyond a general dentist, specifically in root canals, and root canal surgeries.

What is Endodontic/Root Canal Treatment?

When the nerve tissue of a tooth becomes inflamed, infected, or damaged from trauma, most times root canal treatment is the only option to save the tooth. Root canal treatment can significantly lengthen the life of the tooth by carefully cleaning, and sealing the canals. A small opening is made in the top of the tooth to perform the root canal.

Following Endodontic Treatment, do I need to return to my General Dentist?

Yes. When root canal treatment is completed you will be referred back to your general dentist for a permanent restoration of the access and to discuss a possible crown with your general dentist. A crown serves to protect the tooth and restore it to full function. Your general dentist is best qualified in deciding what type of restoration is necessary for your tooth following endodontic treatment.

Oral and written post-op instructions will be provided to you for all treatment at our office. Don't hesitate to call us if you have any questions.


American Association of Endodontists