Does a Periodontist do Root Canals?

Unfortunately, a periodontist does not do root canals since they're a gum specialist and a root canal is NOT a gum procedure. Gum procedures treat dental conditions, which affect the gums that surround the teeth such as gingivitis or periodontitis.

Root canals on the other hand, affect the nerve of the tooth rather than the gums. This means that it is a nerve procedure and not a gum procedure. Since it does not affect the gums, it is not considered periodontal surgery.

Who does root canals?

Since root canals treat nerve conditions related to the tooth, they are usually performed by an endodontist, otherwise known as a root canal specialist.

A root canal procedure involves removing the nerve from the tooth. Essentially the nerve gets taken out of the tooth and out of the mouth but the tooth remains in the mouth. The primary reason to get a root canal is when the nerve is unhealthy or it becomes infected.

Here is what a root canal looks like before and after it is completed on an x-ray:


If you're having a gum problem you should see a periodontist but if you're having a nerve problem, you should see an endodontist because they're the ones who do root canals. This is why it is very important to correctly diagnose your dental problem so that you can go see the correct type of dentist.

If you needed a root canal and you booked an appointment with the periodontist, they wouldn't be able to help you. You need to specifically search for a root canal specialist, an endodontist if you're having tooth nerve pain. An endodontist is the best doctor for root canals since they specialize in doing them.

Author: Written by Dr David Chen DDS, a general dentist in long island city.

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About the author: Dr David Chen, DDS

Hello, I'm Dr Chen and I'm an actively practicing dentist in Long Island City, NY. I graduated from Columbia University College of Dental Medicine in 2016 but prior to going to dental school I was already working in the dental field. It's been more than a decade since I first got to know dentistry and let me tell you, time flies by quickly. Since then I've developed a fondness for writing, which is how this all got started!

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Medical Disclaimer:

This blog is purely meant for information purposes and should not be used as medical advice. Each situation in your mouth is unique and complex. It is not possible to give advice nor diagnose any oral conditions based on text nor virtual consultations. The best thing to do is to go in person to see your dentist for an examination and consultation so that you can receive the best care possible.

The purpose of all of this oral health information is to encourage you to see your dentist and to inform you of what you may expect during your visit. Due to the unfortunate nature of dentistry, there isn't really any true home remedies that will get rid of dental problems. Roughly 99.99% of them require in-person intervention by a healthcare professional.

Hint: That is the reason why you can't eliminate seeing dentists in your life!