What is an Endodontist?

Specializing in Saving Teeth

An endodontist is a dentist who specializes in treating and handling dental problems that involve the nerve tissue and blood vessels inside the tooth. If the tooth pulp, which contains nerves, vessels, lymphatic tissue, and fibrous tissue, becomes diseased or injured, endodontic treatment may be necessary to save it.

After completing four years of dental school, endodontists undergo an extra two or more years of specialty postgraduate training through a hospital or university-based program accredited by the American Dental Association.

Given that lengthy training, an endodontist is prepared to perform all facets of endodontic therapy, including:

  • Diagnosis and treatment of dental pain
  • Routine and complex root canals
  • Retreatments
  • Endodontic surgery
  • Treatment of traumatic dental injuries
  • Treatment of cracked teeth

Endodontists use state-of-the-art technology, such as digital imaging, operating microscopes, ultrasonic instrumentation, and fiber optics while performing endodontic care. Along with specialized techniques, such technology gives the endodontist an accurate view of the tooth and allows the specialist to treat the tooth quickly and comfortably.

By choosing to receive treatment by an endodontist, you are choosing to keep your natural teeth as a healthy foundation for chewing and biting for years to come.