You’ve likely heard about a wide variety of oral health care providers: dentists, orthodontists, periodontists, endodontists, and the list goes on, but, unless you’ve visited each type of provider, you may not know about the unique training and skillsets they each possess. In addition to looking after your oral health, we’re passionate about educating our patients, and today, we’re going to tell you everything you never knew you needed to know about endodontists.
What Does an Endodontist Do?
Unlike general dentists, endodontists do not clean teeth—they focus solely on diagnosing and treating tooth pain and issues with the dental pulp. Endodontists are the experts for pulp inflammation, infection, and root canal treatments.
Rare and Valuable
Endodontists are particularly special in the dental field because they are a kind of rare breed. According to the American Association of Endodontics, “less than three percent of dentists are endodontists.” With such an elite group of providers, endodontists’ skills are highly valuable and sought after.
In addition to the four years of undergraduate and four years of dental school mandated, endodontists receive an additional two to three years training in rigorous programs preparing them as specialists and experts in their field. Since they are so well versed with the inner-workings of the tooth, they are also adept at helping patients manage pain. Endodontists often treat patients that have been dealing with significant oral pain, and their general dentist has referred them to the specialist in tooth pain—the endodontist!
NASA Technology and State-of-the-Art Tools
Most impressively, endodontists’ advanced training affords them the skill to work in the microscopic environment inside of teeth with the use of a microscope. They use nickel titanium technology also used in satellites to ensure flexibility of the instruments. High-frequency ultrasonic instruments are also used to “irrigate root canal spaces and remove debris,” according to the AAE.
If you have been experiencing pain in one or more teeth, call Dr. Scott Norton at (502) 899-5559, and we’d be happy to help you get to the ‘root’ of your concern.
Scott A. Norton, DMD of Louisville
4010 Dupont Circle, Suite #276, Louisville, KY 40207