What is an Endodontist and When Should I See One?


When your complaints of swelling and tooth pain require a root canal procedure to remedy, your dentist will refer you to an endodontist. This is a dental specialist who will have completed additional years of training to specifically perform root canal, root-end surgeries and the treatment of traumatic tooth injuries in children and adults.

Here are some of the benefits to dental treatment by endodontic specialists:

  • Experience: According to the American Association of Endodontists, the average endodontic specialist performs about 25 root canal treatments a week. General dentists who perform this surgery are few, and these perform about two root canal surgeries per week.
  • Advanced Technology: Due to their specialized practice, endodontic specialists will have the latest equipment specifically used for root therapy procedures including operating microscopes, digital imaging, ultrasonic instrumentation and fiber optics. Due to the use of advanced equipment, having a root canal performed today, a once feared procedure, is usually no more uncomfortable than having a tooth filled.
  • Efficient: By limited their practices to endodontic treatment, Endodontists can provide patients more effective treatment that promotes faster healing.

Dental Insurance Pitfalls

For those who have dental health insurance, it may come as a surprise to learn that specialist services, such as root canals, are not covered by their plans. Those who do not have dental insurance, may be pleased to know that EDP Dental Plan offers affordable dental plans that include discounted dental procedures performed by specialists including endodontists.

While not dental insurance, EDP Dental Plans are available for singles, couples and families and there is no waiting period for services. EDP Dental Plans are available to anyone who is not currently covered by dental insurance. To learn more about how an EDP Dental Plan can benefit you, give us a call today at (800) 777-1085.

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