What is the Difference Between Endodontics and Other Dental Specialties?

Endodontists are highly trained dentists who specialize in diagnosing and treating tooth pain. They have more experience than general dentists, performing an average of 25 endodontic treatments per week, while general dentists typically perform two. Endodontists don't place fillings or clean teeth, but instead specialize in root canals. Professional dental offices, such as Kennewick Dental, often work closely with, or have in their office, a network of specialized dentists.

Endodontists are experts in treating the soft inner tissue of the teeth, known as the pulp. While all endodontists are dentists, less than three percent of dentists are endodontists. Both dental professionals attend dental school, but endodontists attend two or more additional years for specialized training. As a result, endodontists have completed more supervised training related to their specialty of diagnosing dental pain and performing endodontic therapy.

General dentists can and do offer endodontic treatments, but many people prefer to visit endodontists because they have more training and experience. In complex cases, dentists often refer patients to specialists in dental endodontics who can then decide the best way to alleviate discomfort and preserve dental function. The staff at Kennewick Dental has the knowledge and experience you want, including training in the latest endodontic techniques. Your dentist can provide the best care for regular cleanings, but you should choose an endodontist for root canals. If you know that you have a broken tooth or that a traumatic injury has caused you to lose a tooth, you can contact an endodontist directly for treatment.

Endodontists have the experience and a higher level of training in endodontics than general dentists, so they can charge more to perform a procedure. You may enjoy a higher success rate in a procedure if you go to a dentist who specializes in that area rather than going to a general dentist who deals with dozens of different problems each week. At Kennewick Dental, Ellissa has a cheerful personality and loves making patients feel at ease during dental treatment and making them smile. She is originally from the lower Yakima Valley and brings extensive experience in the dental field over the past 14 years. To learn more about the different specialties of an endodontist, a periodontist and a prosthodontist, contact Kennewick Dental.

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