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Why choose an Endodontist?

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, diagnosing and treating tooth pain.

If you are experiencing tooth pain, you can choose to see an endodontist. Learn more about dental symptoms and use the Find an Endodontist search engine to find a specialist near you. Your general dentist may have referred you to an endodontist to assure you receive the highest quality care. Learn more about the treatments and procedures that may be discussed and how the endodontist partners with your general dentist.


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 even on weekends in accommodating emergency cases, so delays in treatment are kept to a minimum and patients can be relieved of dental pain quickly.

Advanced Technology

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 do 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.

Dental Symptoms

Endodontists are skilled specialists in finding the cause of oral and facial pain that has been difficult to diagnosis. Click the link below to learn more about some common dental symptoms.

While endodontists specializes in saving teeth—meaning they are trained in performing root canal treatment and other procedures to save the tooth— they will look at all treatment options to determine the best course of action for each individual patient and case. Click to learn more about treatments and procedures that your general dentist and/or endodontist may recommend.

Even with proper brushing and flossing habits, and regular checkups, you can have problems with your teeth and gums. Tooth pain, injury, increased sensitivity to hot or cold, and oral or facial swelling are just some of the signs of potential dental problems.

There are many causes of dental problems, including decay, an injury or infection. Read about common dental symptoms to help understand the causes and possible solutions for your tooth pain. If you have on-going pain or discomfort, contact us and we will be happy to schedule an appointment for you.

Treatments and Procedures

In the majority of cases, your tooth can be saved with endodontic treatment. Choose a link below to learn about the treatment options available to you so you can discuss them with your dentist or endodontist.

Root canal treatment Endodontic retreatment Endodontic surgery Traumatic dental injuries Dental implants

While endodontists are specialists in saving teeth—meaning they are trained in performing root canals and other procedures to save the tooth— they will look at all treatment options to determine the best for each individual patient and case.

If you have a diseased or injured tooth, it’s important to know and understand your treatment option. Patients today have more options than ever before to treat their teeth. Understanding your choices and their impact on your future dental health and lifestyle is important.

Under the American Dental Association’s Principles of Ethics and Code of Professional Conduct, your dentist should advise you of proposed treatment and any reasonable alternatives, so you can make a fully informed decision about your dental care. This may include referral to or consultation with a dental specialist, such as an endodontist, to explore all treatment options.

Endodontic treatment helps you maintain your natural smile, continue eating the foods you love and limits the need for ongoing dental work. With proper care, most teeth that have had root canal treatment can last as long as other natural teeth and often for a lifetime.

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