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.

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 significantly lengthens the life of the tooth by carefully cleaning, and sealing the root canals. A small opening is made in the top of the tooth to perform the root canal, and then you will be referred back to your general dentist for permanent restoration of the access.

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

Once a tooth has received root canal treatment, it is reinforced by a permanent restoration or crown. 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.