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Endodontists (Root Canal Specialists) Near Me

An endodontist is a dental expert who specializes in treatments pertaining to the inside (endo-) of teeth (dont-). For example, if a tooth is abscessed or has nerve damage from previous trauma, a dentist would potentially refer their patient to an endodontist for root canal treatment, rather than extract their tooth. Treatment typically includes a crown.

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Education/Training to Become an Endodontist

In order to become an endodontist, the specialist must first complete four years of dental school to become a general practitioner. From there, a 2-3-year graduate specialty training program in endodontics is completed, along with appropriate residencies providing specialized care training.

Endodontists may also become “board-certified” after a set timeframe in practice. In order to do so, the endodontist must complete a certain number of case studies and sit for additional credential exams. Usually this takes a year or more.

Types of Endodontic Services Provided

The most common type of service that endodontists provide is endodontic therapy, or what most people know as root canal treatment. But endodontists also provide other therapeutic services such as apicoectomies (root tip removal), endodontic re-treatment, and internal tooth whitening.

If your dentist suspects that you have a cracked tooth and is unsure about whether you need a root canal, he or she will likely refer you to an endodontist for more extensive screening.

Being that endodontists are specialists, they invest in technology that allows them to see things or assess areas that may not be possible in a general dentistry practice. For instance, endodontic microscopes enlarge the nerve canals of teeth, allowing for more efficient and thorough root canal therapy.

Where Endodontists Work

Most endodontists have their own specialty private practice, or they offer traveling services where they stop in to general dentistry practices on set days each month, allowing those patients to receive treatment without going elsewhere. Other endodontists may choose to work in group practices with other dental practitioners, for efficient patient care.

Think you need to see an endodontist? Ask your dentist for a referral, or call an endodontist near you directly to arrange a new patient exam.

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