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Endodontics is one of nine dental specialties recognized by the American Dental Association and approved by the Council on Dental Education and Licensure. Commonly known as root canal therapy, it is the branch of dentistry involving treatment of dental pulp and surrounding tissues. Endodontists have completed two or three additional years of postdoctoral study beyond dental school. Less than three percent of dentists are Endodontists.
Endodontists perform both routine and complex procedures every day, and are experts at finding the cause of difficult to diagnose oral and facial pain. According to the American Association of Endodontists, a specialist will diagnose and treat on average 25 non-surgical and surgical cases a week. Most restorative dentists will treat on average two cases a week, and refer complex or questionable cases to an Endodontist. Some dentists elect to refer all endodontic cases to the specialist.
Advances in endodontic treatment modalities and technologies have been revolutionary. What’s more, the modern endodontic practice is equipped with specialized equipment such as high magnification operating microscopes and the latest Cone-Beam Computed Tomography 3D imaging, assuring the patient of precise diagnosis and more predictable treatment results. More about Technology.