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What’s the difference between a dentist and an endodontist?

While all endodontists are dentists, less than 3% of dentists are endodontists. Endodontists are specialists because they’ve completed an additional two or more years of training beyond dental school. Their additional training focuses on diagnosing tooth pain and root canal treatment and other procedures relating to the interior of the tooth. In many cases, a diseased tooth can be saved with endodontic treatment. For this reason, endodontists proudly refer to themselves as Specialists in Saving Teeth.

Endodontists Are Experts in Pain Management

Endodontists use specialized techniques to ensure patients are thoroughly comfortable during their treatments. They are experts in administering numbing medications, especially in patients who traditionally have problems getting and staying numb. In addition to treating you comfortably, patients will be relieved of tooth pain after their root canal procedure when the pulp infection or inflammation heals.

Endodontist vs Dentist: 

Understanding the difference between an endodontist and a dentist can help you decide who you should go to for oral care. Seeing the right person can ensure you receive the proper treatment and recover quickly.

Endodontists train to perform complex root canal treatments, such as treating teeth with complicated anatomy. Endodontists can perform several procedures, such as root canal treatments and root canal retreatments, which may save a tooth that becomes infected again after an initial root canal.

Endodontists also typically perform:

  • Apicoectomy: An apicoectomy is another option after a failed root canal. It involves removing the tip of the root to prevent future progressive infection.
  • Traumatic injury treatment: This includes procedures such as fixing cracked teeth.
  • Internal bleaching: Internal bleaching can correct discoloration stemming from root canal therapy.

Both endodontists and dentists play an essential role in your oral care. They provide complementary services that accomplish different things. 

We specialize in relieving tooth pain and performing root canal treatment. Your dentist often refers you to an endodontist but feel free to book a consultation with us today to learn more about our dental team and how we might fit your needs. Or, contact us for more information.