Endodontists are specialists in saving teeth, committed to helping you maintain your natural smile for a lifetime. They have at least two years of additional education to become experts in performing root canal treatment and diagnosing and treating tooth pain.
- If you are experiencing tooth pain, you can choose to see an endodontist.
- Your general dentist may have referred you to an endodontist to assure you receive the highest quality care.
Endodontists are dental specialists with an additional two or more years of specialized training beyond dental school. The average endodontist completes 25 root canal treatments a week, while general dentists do about two root canals a week.
Because they limit their practice solely to endodontic treatment, endodontists are efficient and precise. This equates to positive experiences and faster healing.
Most endodontists offer tremendous flexibility in accommodating emergency cases, so delays in treatment are kept to a minimum and patients can be relieved of dental pain quickly.
Many endodontists use state-of-the-art technology such as operating microscopes, digital imaging, ultrasonic instrumentation and fiber optics, to treat their patients quickly and comfortably.
Why are endodontists called specialists?
While all endodontists are dentists, less than three percent of dentists are endodontists. Just like a doctor in any other field, 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 performing 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.
What does Partners in Patient Care mean?
Endodontists are valuable members of your general dentist’s team of trusted caregivers. Your dentist may consult with or refer you to an endodontist because of concerns about your dental and medical conditions or treatment preferences. Your dental team works together to relieve pain, save teeth and provide you with optimal, quality care.
What is the AAE?
The American Association of Endodontists is the professional membership association for endodontists, endodontic residents and dental professionals with an interest in the specialist. More than 90 percent of U.S. endodontists belong to the AAE. The Association is dedicated to excellence in the art and science of endodontics and to the highest standard of patient care. The AAE is the leading source for endodontic continuing education and research, and provides the latest, accurate, scientifically based information to educate patients about endodontics and the benefits of seeing a root canal specialist.