Endodontists are dentists who perform root canal treatment to save teeth. Approximately 85% of all root canal treatments are referred from general dentists. Recent advancements in endodontics including instruments, materials, and technology have resulted in more retention of teeth than were deemed untreatable in the past.
When to refer to an endodontic specialist
- Difficulty of the root canal treatment increases with significant curvature of the canal.
- How many canals does the tooth have?
- Some molars contain two, three, or even four roots, thus needing treatment by an endodontist.
- Appearance of canals on radiographs
- Pulp stones or calcified canals make it very difficult to access the pulp chamber.
- Does the tooth have a crown or post?
- Is the problem an endodontic, periodontal, or combination of both?