When your general dentist makes a diagnosis that your tooth needs a root canal treatment, there are many factors to consider if a referral to an endodontist should be made. If a referral is needed and the patient is in extreme pain, often times a procedure known as “open and med” may be performed by the general dentist. The nerve is removed and the canal is medicated, alleviating pain until a specialist completes the treatment.
Here is a list of considerations for a referral to a specialist:
- Degree of difficulty of treatment
- Is there an extreme inclination or rotation of the tooth?
- Curvature of the tooth root and canal