Endodontists are in increasingly high demand in general dental offices, according to Dentistry IQ, a digital media outlet for dental professionals. Endodontists are dental specialists who offer dental surgeries, including root canals, to address damage caused by disease or dental trauma. Many general dentists also perform root canals, and while they are a relatively minor dental surgery, they are still surgery—and can have a high failure rate. The equivalent of one-stop shopping for a patient’s full dental needs might seem appealing, but taking on too much can be risky.
According to Dentistry IQ, this thought is all too common among general dentists: “As you are working on your patient with rubber dam in place, accessing a second molar, it hits you: Should I really be doing this root canal?” While professional dentists wouldn’t share such a fear with their patients, it’s alarming to think that’s what they may be pondering during the procedure. It may seem convenient to get a general cleaning and root canal all at the same time, but being a jack of all trades/master of none isn’t the kind of title anyone wants their dentist to boast.
A Growing Skill Set
Dentistry is evolving at a rapid speed, particularly due to advanced technology. Today’s general, private practitioner may be skilled at many things. However, root canals and more in-depth dental surgeries are better left to the experts. According Dentistry IQ, root canal failures are more common at a general dentist’s office than at an endodontist’s. In fact, many endodontists get new patients because of root canal failures at the hands of a non-expert.
A failed root canal isn’t necessarily dangerous or excessively painful, but it can be. What may be more disturbing is the fact that many patients don’t realize their root canal has failed. Perhaps a bacteria colony was left behind because the general dentist didn’t have the latest YAG laser technology to get deep into roots and crevices. Many patients don’t keep up with their annual appointments, and it can take a long time before failures show up on general X-rays. Those additional years of training help endodontists offer a higher success rate—which is why many general dentistry offices are looking to bring these experts on board.
Securing the Best Care
It’s not financially feasible for many dental offices to offer an expert in everything—endodontists, cosmetic dentists, orthodontists, etc., so consumers should be prepared to locate their own specialists when necessary. The friendly, professional staff at Rocky Mountain Endodontics specializes in a variety of dental surgeries, including root canals. When you need more than just a cleaning, trust your care to the specialists at Rocky Mountain Endodontics.