Endodontics is a specialty of dentistry which is concerned with the study and treatment surrounding the dental pulp, which is found in the centre of the tooth, and is made of living tissue and cells. Endodontics is concerned with keeping the dental pulp healthy, preserving it, or removing it in cases of irreversible disease. A diseased tooth can often be saved through endodontic procedures, such as root canal treatment.
What is an endodontist?
Endodontists first train as dentists (completing dental school) and then specialise in the field of endodontics, undergoing additional extensive training in diseases affecting the dental pulp and the treatment of said diseases. Endodontics is considered a medical specialty in many countries, including the UK, Australia, Canada, the US, and India. For patients looking for root canal treatment or treatment of conditions affecting the dental pulp, an endodontist can offer specialised treatment and offer their expert opinion thanks to their extensive training and experience. Although endodontic treatment can be carried out by general dentists, endodontists may offer a more predictable result, and may make use of equipment and technology that a general dentist does not regularly use.
What conditions does an endodontist treat?
Endodontists treat conditions affecting the dental pulp and are experts in diagnosing tooth pain. They can be considered as specialists who focus on 'saving' the teeth.