Endodontics is one of the nine specialty areas in dentistry that are recognized by the American Dental Association (ADA). To become an endodontist, a candidate must first graduate from an accredited dental school, and then successfully complete two to three years of postgraduate training in this special practice area. Endodontists must also be licensed in the state where they practice, and must remain current with continuing education requirements.
Endodontists aren’t the only dentists who can perform pulp treatments such as root canals. However, because their practice is limited to treating the soft tissues of the tooth, they do so more frequently than other dentists. According to the American Association of Endodontists (AAE), these specialists perform an average of 25 root canal treatments per week, as opposed to less than two per week for general dentists. This gives them a tremendous amount of clinical experience to draw from.
The offices of many endodontists are also equipped with state-of-the-art dental technology.