Root Canal Treatment - always go with qualified specialist (Endodontist)?

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What are your opinions?

Is it always best to go with a qualified specialist who deals with RCT on a daily basis?

Or is it fine going with your dentist who say they could perform the job, but not qualified or specialise in this area? Do all dentists have some exposure to RCT?

Is it worth the extra £300 - £400 price difference?

Whomever it's done with, would they use the same equipment?

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Dr M

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All dentist are exposed to some sort of root canal treatment. The complexity of the cases differ from single rooted teeth, to multi-rooted teeth. Some dentists also have better equipment such as microscopes and 3-D scans, that improve the outcomes. In the end, it is up to the dentist to determine when a case needs a referral or when he can attempt it himself.
 

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Thanks for your reply.

I've been given two options and I'm not sure if I'm paying an extra £300-£400 for the privilege of it being performed by a fully qualified endodontist (apparently an extra few years' study in this particular area?).
 

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My dentist would not perform RCT on a first molar with four root canals...and referred me to a specialist (endodontist). The endodontist has extra professional training (typically 2 years) and does nothing but RCT.

I live in Canada.
 

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