Why won't my dentist do my root canal?

If you’ve ever had a toothache, then you’re familiar with the pain that comes from a tooth with an abscessed root canal. If your dentist doesn’t want to do the root canal, you may be wondering why not. The answer depends on many factors, including the severity of the toothache and whether or not there is an infection present in your mouth. Here’s everything you need to know about why your dentist might refuse to perform this procedure on you:

A root canal is a type of dental procedure in which the pulp–the soft tissue inside the tooth–is removed and the inside of the tooth is cleaned and sealed. The pulp can become inflamed and infected, or it can decay, causing pain and symptoms like swelling or sensitivity to hot or cold temperatures. In some cases, if you don’t have your tooth treated right away, it may need to be pulled out completely.

A root canal isn’t as invasive as having a tooth pulled; however, it does require more time and effort on your part than simply popping an aspirin would take care of most other types of dental problems (like cavities). Finding a good dentist isn’t easy either: There are plenty who aren’t trained well enough or don’t follow proper procedure when performing this kind of procedure because they’re not experienced enough with it yet.

So why wouldn’t your dentist do your root canal?

The answer is simple: they may not be trained to perform them. Endodontists are specialists in tooth canals, and they’re more likely to be able to treat your problem than a general dentist. Endodontists have completed additional training beyond dental school that allows them to perform root canals safely and effectively. They also have access to specialized equipment used only by endodontists. Root canals have fallen out of favor as a treatment option for many dentists. However, they’re still one of the best ways to remove painful or infected pulp from your tooth and prevent it from spreading. In fact, there are several reasons why your dentist may refer you to an endodontist for treatment:

  • Lack of experience – Your dentist may not have enough experience performing root canals and may prefer to refer you to a specialist.
  • Complex cases – Some root canals can be complex, and your dentist may not feel comfortable performing the procedure. In such cases, an endodontist may be better equipped to handle the problem.
  • Equipment – Your dentist may not have access to the specialized equipment required to perform a root canal.


In conclusion, if you’re looking for a root canal, make sure to do your research and find the right dentist for your needs. While it can be overwhelming at times, knowing all of the options available can help you make an informed decision about which treatment plan works best for your teeth. Don’t let fear prevent you from getting proper dental work.

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