What is an Endodontist?

July 1, 2022

Has your dentist recommended seeing an Endodontist for your root canal or difficult tooth pain diagnosis? Your first question might be: what is an Endodontists?

The world of endodontistry has everything to do with what goes on inside your tooth. It is a small specialized branch of dentistry recognized by the American Dental Association.

When your dentists is diagnosing a tooth they consider the three main parts: the crown, the dentin, and the pulp. The crown is the top, protective part of your tooth that you can see inside your mouth. The dentin and pulp are located beneath the gumline. They make up the “root” of your tooth. When the root of your tooth experiences issues or is damaged by a trauma, the result can be detrimental to your whole tooth.

This is where Endodontics comes in. We specialize in keeping your teeth healthy from the inside out. By healing the pulp of your tooth we can help repair the damage to your tooth as a whole. Our root canal and root canal surgery procedures are used to prevent having to have a tooth extracted and replaced.

Our goal is to keep your smile healthy and natural.

What is the difference between a dentist and a endodontist?

An endodontist goes through an additional two years of school to learn how to use specialized equipment and perform root canals under special circumstances.

What kind of specialized equipment do endodontists use?

At James A. Penney, III, DDS, PA Endodontics we offer our patients the latest in dental technology. To help us see more detail from the inside of your tooth we use operating microscopes with special magnification and fiber optic illumination. These microscopes also allow us to use a small camera to record images of your tooth.

The more we know about your tooth, the more helpful our diagnosis and treatment will be. We also use an advanced digital radiography x-ray machine to produce digital images of your tooth that we can share with other specialists.

Worried about x-rays? Don’t be. Check out our FAQ page to learn more: Endodontic FAQ

If you’ve checked out our website, then you know that over 14 million root canals are performed every year. It is one of the most common dental procedures performed. Learn more about root canals here: Root Canal Therapy

We also perform what is called an Apicoectomy, or root canal surgery. This procedure is a little different than a root canal. It treats hidden fractures or tooth injuries that otherwise would not appear on a dental x-ray. An apicoectomy can repair damaged root surfaces and even the surrounding bone. Learn more: Apicoectomy