While all endodontists are dentists, less than three percent of dentists are endodontists. It can be difficult to understand what the differences are, but essentially an endodontist is a specialized dentist that has received additional training in a specific field of dental practice.
This training usually accounts for two to three additional years of specialized training focussed on diagnosing tooth pain and root canal treatment. If the nerve housed inside of the tooth is inflamed or infected, then the tooth receives a root canal treatment to remove the nerve and preserve the tooth. An endodontist can diagnose and treat a diseased tooth from the inside by using their knowledge of the anatomy of the roots of the teeth and the pathology of the dental pulp.
Endodontists will typically focus their time performing root canal treatments and treating other conditions of the internal aspect of the tooth. By focusing their time, equipment, and facility solely on these issues, they are able to be the experts at treating problematic teeth with nerve issues.
Endodontists are the experts in this field of dentistry because they are highly trained with specialized equipment that can make your treatment more comfortable. An endodontist will use 3D imaging to diagnose and plan their treatments, they use microscopes, and use methods with advanced technologies to ensure that your treatment can be successful with minimal discomfort.
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