Orthodontists, Periodontists, and Endodontists….Oh My! But, Really, What is an Endodontist?

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So we’re familiar with Orthodontists (think braces) and Periodontists (gum disease control and maintenance), but what is an Endodontist?

Endodontists are specialists who are concerned with the treatment of dental pulp. According to the American Association of Endodontists, the average Endodontist completes 25 root canal treatments a week, while general dentists do about 2 root canal treatments a week (“Why Choose an Endodontist”). To become expertly trained in the treatment of dental pulp following dental, Endodontists complete an additional 2 years of dental specialization.  These 2 years allow for an Endo to become skilled at performing root canal treatments.

So what are root canals, you ask? Simply put, they form one of two ways: when there is a deep cavity or when a traumatic injury of some kind occurs, which causes one’s tooth to crack. As a result of the crack, the inside of one’s tooth can become infected and ultimately affect the tooth’s internal roots, nerves, and blood vessels.

So, this is where an Endodontist’s specialty comes into play! To treat the cracked tooth, the Edodontist seeks to both remove the pulp from within the tooth as well as clean within the tooth using sodium hypochlorite. After cleaning the pulp and root canal, a temporary filling is placed on the tooth. This temporary filling will be later removed and the root canal will be permanently sealed with a crown or another filling. So, if you or someone you know needs root canal treatment, please contact either one of our offices. We will be more than happy to walk you through the steps/assist you with treatment planning!

Works Cited

“Why Choose an Endodontist.” American Association of Endodontists. American Association of Endodontists. Web. 2 Jan. 2016.