Do I Need an Endodontist For My Root Canal?

November 18, 2022

If you went to your general dentist with a toothache and are now being recommended to an endodontist, you are probably wondering: Why do I need to see a specialist?

Why should you see an endodontist for your root canal? Because a healthy smile is a natural smile. Even with advancements in modern dentistry, your natural tooth is the healthiest tooth your mouth will ever have.

At James A. Penney. III. DDS. PA Endodontics we prioritize the comfort and needs of our patients. We provide the highest quality care with the latest in technological advancements.

Lingering Pain

There are many reasons why your dentist would recommend seeing a specialist for a root canal. Any tooth pain that is unusual or difficult to diagnose is best to be checked by a specialist with more training working inside the tooth, and better equipment.

They will also recommend seeing an endodontist if there are any complications with your toothache.
Complications are often evident by pain that last for a long time or if your tooth has recently developed a
heightened sensitivity to hot or cold temperatures.


Endodontists have the latest in dental technology. This allows them to provide a better diagnosis and treatment recommendation for your tooth. Many patients who are sent to see an endodontist have been dealing with a toothache that has undergone previous treatments, without success.

At James A. Penney. III. DDS. PA Endodontics we provide our patients with advanced 3-D radiographic images to help with the diagnosis. These images are taken with highly advanced cone-beam CT technology.

Along with digital imaging and digital x-rays, Dr. Penney can get a better idea of what is causing the pain and fix the root of the problem. Most patients who undergo a root canal procedure never have to worry about their treated tooth again.


Your general dentist can perform a root canal, but they might recommend an endodontist to take advantage of their experience. There are no substitutes for the training and experience that an endodontist has to offer.

To become an endodontist, a dentist must complete two additional years of schooling in the specialty. As a specialist they spend most of their practice performing root canals and other inner-tooth procedures.

Has your general dentist recommended you see an endodontist? Give us a call at 501-227-ROOT.