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
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
- 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
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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