What is an Endodontist?

If you are reading this page, it probably means that your General Dentist has referred you to see an Endodontist for consultation and/or treatment on one or more of your teeth. You may be thinking, “what is an Endodontist and why am I being referred?”

Endodontics is a specialty within Dentistry that deals with diseases of the dental pulp and its supporting structures. Endodontists are dentists who specialize in maintaining teeth through endodontic therapy -- procedures, involving the soft inner tissue of the teeth, called the pulp. The word "endodontic" comes from "endo" meaning inside and "odont" meaning tooth. Like many medical terms, it's Greek.

An Endodontist is a dentist who has undergone a minimum of 2 years of extra postgraduate training. The Specialty training allows an Endodontist to:

  • Deal with diseases of the dental pulp and supporting structures.
  • Diagnose facial pain and related problems. Your general dentist sometimes refers patients for consultation when the diagnosis is complicated or when treatment is more difficult than normal.
  • Treat traumatic injuries to the teeth resulting from sports injuries or accidents.
  • Manage pain and swelling resulting from infected teeth.

There are several ways in which Endodontist save teeth that have infections or necrosis, but most common procedure is called a root canal treatment. More than 14 million teeth receive some form of root canal treatment each year—you’re not alone. 

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