What is Endodontics?
Endodontics is a specialty of dentistry that deals with disease inside the tooth and surrounding bone. This entails predominately root canals, root canal retreatment, perforation and resorption repairs, and root tip surgery ("apicoectomy procedure").
An endodontist is a dentist who has undergone 2-3 years additional training in this area after dental school. While most dentists can and do perform root canals, they may choose to refer patients to an endodontist when the diagnosis or treatment is more complicated than usual.
It is also the role of the endodontist to provide information about other options that may apply to your situation and the pros and cons of these options so that you can make an informed decision about your dental care.
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