If your dentist has told you that you should see an endodontist, you may be wondering, “Why would my dentist send me to an endodontist?” Here are some common reasons your dentist may recommend that you should see an endodontist and how they can help.

What Does an Endodontist Do?

An endodontist is a specialist dentist who has chosen to focus on treating diseases and other conditions that affect the pulp or root of the tooth. Endodontists spend 2 to 3 years of study beyond the traditional 4 years required for regular dentistry. All that extra time in school means that endodontists have the utmost training and expertise in saving teeth. In fact, endodontists have been nicknamed the superheroes of dentistry because of how they come to the rescue to save teeth that may otherwise be lost.

More Experience Matters

Not only do endodontists have more expertise and training, but they also have more experience treating conditions affecting the inside of your teeth. While regular dentists typically perform an average of 2 or 3 root canal procedures a week, endodontists commonly perform an average of 25 each week.

When it comes to saving a tooth, experience matters, so the answer to the question, “Why would my dentist send me to an endodontist?” is likely because they want any procedures required to save your tooth to have the very best outcome. If you’re feeling nervous about a root canal, an endodontist is also the best person to talk to about your concerns. Many patients report that root canals performed by endodontists cause little to no discomfort.

Undiagnosed Pain

Another answer to the question, “Why would my dentist send me to an endodontist?” may be if you have undiagnosed or unresolved pain in your teeth or mouth. An endodontist has special tools that can be used to view the delicate and miniscule details on the inside of your teeth, which can help them find the cause of discomfort that other dentists may not be able to diagnose.

Schedule a Consultation

If your dentist has referred you to see an endodontist, it’s important to call right away. When the root or pulp of your tooth is concerned or when you’re trying to manage discomfort, getting treatment as soon as possible is crucial to ensuring the best possible outcome.

Call our Lee's Summit dental office to make an appointment with a dentist who may be able to help you find out more about this topic, and improve your oral health.