What is the Difference Between a Dentist and an Endodontist?

What is the Difference Between a Dentist and an Endodontist?

Here at Advanced Dental Arts, we have very exciting news for our many patients! In addition to our respected practices in Wesley Chapel and Citrus Park, we have now expanded and acquired additional offices in Lakeland and New Port Richey. This will allow us to provide quality dental care across the entire Tampa Bay Area.

In addition to expanding our offices, we’ve also expanded the services that we provide. We are thrilled to announce that we now have a resident Endodontist at Advanced Dental Arts.

What is an endodontist?

Endodontics is a specialty of dentistry concerning dental pulp and tissues surrounding the roots of a tooth. “Endo” is Greek for “inside” and “odont” is Greek for “tooth.” A common example of an Endodontic treatment is a root canal, where the soft pulp tissue inside the tooth is treated. An endodontist is a dentist who specializes in saving teeth.

What makes endodontists so special?

Less than three percent of dentists are endodontists. This specialty requires additional training beyond dental school, focused on diagnosing tooth painroot canal treatment and other procedures relating to the interior of the tooth. Even if a tooth is decayed and diseased, an endodontist  can often save the original tooth. Check out this video from the American Association of Endodontists to see why they’re sometimes called ‘The Superheros of Saving Teeth’.

Why choose an endodontist?

  • Specialized Expertise: An endodontist typically works exclusively on cases surrounding dental pulp and tissues, so they are experts at getting to the root cause of dental pain.
  • Pain Management:  Endodontists are also experts in administering numbing medications during procedures. This makes the procedure itself more tolerable, as well as assists in the post-procedure pain and healing process.
  • Cutting Edge Technologies: Endodontists can use materials and equipment that other dentists and doctors do not have access to. Dental dams, digital radiographs and 3-D imaging all allow the endodontist to see detailed images of the tooth’s anatomy that will allow them to thoroughly treat the issue.

The next time you’re feeling an ache or pain in your mouth, consider seeing our Endodontist to have it checked out. At Advanced Dental Arts, we make sure you feel at ease throughout the entire procedure from start to finish. Visit our Wesley Chapel, Citrus Park, Lakeland or New Port Richey Office today!

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