14 Jan Self Referral for Root Canal is not Cheating on your Dentist
“Every time you smile at someone, it is an action of love, a gift to that person, a beautiful thing” – Mother Theresa
We all have that lovely dentist who takes great care of our precious smile and makes us feel very relaxed and comfortable. A very familiar place that most of us visit at least twice a year and makes us fully entrust our loyalty.
Your dentist is an excellent resource whenever problems arise with your dental health.
However, if you are experiencing a problem with the root or pulp of your teeth, you should seek advice from a specialist with the training and experience in the area of root canal treatments (endodontics).
Why should I have treatment done by a root canal specialist (endodontist) as opposed to my general dentist?
Specialist endodontists spend a minimum of 3 years full-time training that gives them additional skills to expertly diagnose and treat any problems associated within the nerves of teeth. A timely performed root canal treatment by an expert will save a tooth that may be at risk of being lost.
At London Dental Specialists we work together with your general dentist to address all your dental concerns.
What is the success rate of the root canal treatment?
The success rate of a root canal treatment is 95%-98% in the hands of an expert(assuming the endodontist is the first patient to carry out the treatment).
Statistics show that endodontists perform upwards of 25 root canals a week in comparison with general dentists who perform only two root canals a week.
How can I tell if my dentist is an expert in root canal treatment?
In the UK law the only verified experts in treating disease of the dental pulp are the root canal specialists (endodontists). Ask your dentist for their registration number, click on this link (https://olr.gdc-uk.org/SearchRegister) put the number in the appropriate section and you will be able to see if your dentist is an expert.
How long will root canal treatment take?
Our specialist will aim to complete your treatment in one visit. Sometimes it might be in your best interests to have the treatment done over two separate visits and our expert will make you aware if this.
Is root canal treatment painful?
In the hands of an expert, no it is not.