Why do I need a specialist?
General dental practitioners are able to carry out root canal treatment but, in certain circumstances, your regular dentist may not feel confident that they will perform the treatment successfully and seek advice and a referral to a specialist. It is good practice for a general dentist to refer to a specialist endodontist, and shows that your dentist is dedicated to achieving the very best for you.
Specialist endodontists have access to advanced equipment and technology that are not often found in a general practice. Often, teeth have complex curved or narrow roots that require a specialist touch to ensure a safe and effective treatment. Research suggests that specialists can achieve the highest success rates, and they have the training, equipment and expertise to tackle difficult cases more predictably.
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