In most cases, you will not need to see a specialist for a root canal. Your regular dentist should be able to perform the procedure. However, in some cases, your dentist may refer you to an endodontist—a dentist who specializes in the roots and root canals of the teeth—if the damage is severe or if there are complicating factors.
After a root canal, your tooth may be slightly discolored. Your dentist can place a dental crown over the tooth to restore its natural appearance.
If you have an infected tooth and you do not get a root canal, the infection can spread to other teeth or to other parts of your body. The infection can also cause abscesses (pus-filled pockets) to form in your gums or jawbone, which can be very painful.
A root canal usually takes one to two hours to complete. However, this will depend on the extent of the damage and whether or not there are any complications.
No, a root canal is not painful. In fact, the procedure is usually performed to relieve pain caused by an infection or decay. During the procedure, your dentist will numb the area around your tooth so you will not feel any pain.