Endodontics has been recognized by the American Dental Association as a specialty of dentistry since 1963.  As a specialist, an endodontist has completed a minimum of two additional years of advanced training in endodontics after graduating from dental school.

This branch of dentistry is dedicated to the diagnosis and treatment of diseases of the dental pulp (ie. root canal tissue) and adjacent supporting structures.  An endodontist is also experienced in determining the source of oral and facial pain and in the treatment of dental traumatic injuries.

Generally, a patient is referred to an endodontist by a family dentist for a diagnosis or for the completion of a specific procedure.  After a comprehensive evaluation, your endodontist will determine the diagnosis, discuss treatment alternatives, and confirm which treatment option is best for the patient.

The primary goals of endodontic therapy include the resolution of dental pain, infection, and inflammation.  Most importantly, successful endodontic treatment allows a patient to retain a natural tooth which would otherwise require extraction.