A root canal can save your natural tooth, when the only other alternative would be extraction. The need for root canal therapy may develop gradually, or an acute toothache and abscess could happen fast. The team at Big Smile Dental hopes you never have this experience. However, it doesn’t hurt to give a little thought, in advance, to whether a root canal specialist in Chicago, IL is your best choice in that situation.
An endodontist is a dentist who has taken at least two years of training, beyond dental school, focused entirely on diagnosing dental pain and performing root canal therapy or other treatments related to the interior of teeth. Those are great credentials, and that level of specialization is needed in very complex root canal cases.
Your family dentist
Every dentist receives training in root canal treatment. In addition, the state of Illinois requires that dentists take a minimum of 48 hours of continuing education every three years. Some of that relates to general practice improvement such as ethics, legal responsibilities, and management skills. However, most dentists devote the majority of those hours to clinical topics.
Your family dentist may have taken a great many specialized courses in endodontics and done hundreds of root canal treatments. In addition, he is likely to have a well-rounded experience base, which helps him recognize other potential dental problems while performing root canal therapy. For most people, the idea of having a root canal is stressful. You get the comfort of having the procedure in a familiar setting, with a dental team you know and trust.
At Big Smile Dental, you can be sure that your wellbeing is our top priority. We handle most root canal treatments in-house, uneventfully, and with a very good success rate. However, if your situation presents any unusual concerns, we provide referral to a trusted endodontic specialist in the Chicago, IL area.