Does My Child Need an Endodontist or a Dentist?
When your child has a dental injury like a cracked tooth or dental trauma, or needs a complicated treatment like a root canal, do they need to see a general dentist or a specialist for treatment? Many injuries regarding the inside or "pulp" of the tooth require an endodontist. Whether your child needs to see an endodontist or a general dentist depends on the treatment they need and how complicated the procedure is.
Endodontist vs. Dentist
An endodontist is a dental professional who specializes in treating the soft tissue part of the inside of the tooth. Endodontists can perform a number of dental procedures, including:
- Treating cracked teeth
- Treating dental trauma
- Root canals
Because root canals are the most common procedure dealing with the inside of the tooth, endodontists typically have two more years of special training in root canal treatments over general dentists.
They also perform about 25 root canals a week compared to general dentists, who usually perform only about two a week.
What Is a Root Canal?
A root canal is a procedure done to repair and save a badly damaged or infected tooth. Root canal procedures can be quite difficult, and although many general dentists can perform the procedure, they often send patients to an endodontist.
Because endodontists are more experienced in root canals and other procedures dealing with the root of the tooth, they can also be more expensive. If you are on a budget, a general dentist might be a cheaper option.
Although all dentists can perform root canal procedures and a specialist is not necessary for treatment, it comes down to personal preference.
Affordable Payment Options at Kool Smiles
At Kool Smiles, we accept Medicaid, TRICARE, State Children's Health Insurance Program (SCHIP), cash, and credit cards.
Many of our offices have in-house endodontists and other dental specialists working alongside our general dentists. We strive to deliver the quality care your child deserves, along with options to make the treatment affordable.
Schedule an Appointment at Kool Smiles Today
Call us today or find your nearest Kool Smiles location to make an appointment for your child. We're always accepting new patients, and we look forward to helping your child's smile stay healthy.