How to Choose an Endodontist

What Does an Endodontist Do?

You would choose an endodontist when you need a dental professional who specializes in root canals or other treatments which may involve the inside of the tooth, the pulp. An endodontist may use advanced technologies, such as digital imaging, operating microscopes and ultrasonic equipment in the diagnosis and treatment of dental issues in your mouth. An endodontist performs root canals which may be complicated by factors such as dental crowns, dental abscess, patient health, or mouth structure. In order to preserve as much of the tooth structure as possible, the endodontist will remove any inflamed or infected pulp in your tooth which may be causing pain. An endodontist may also treat facial trauma. An endodontist will:

  • Examine, diagnose and treat diseases of the pulp and dental tissues in your mouth.

  • Develop a treatment plan to address and repair the diagnosed issues.

  • Treat exposed pulp by capping or removal it.

  • Fill the empty pulp chamber with endodontic materials to replace the pulp which has been removed.

  • Where possible, the endodontist will reinsert and restore any teeth knocked out during an accident or collision.

  • On occasion, the endodontist will bleach discolored teeth to maintain an even appearance of color in your mouth.

How to Choose an Endodontist

  • Ask your family dentist for referrals to a qualified endodontist.

  • Use the information at to help narrow down your choices.

  • Find out if the endodontist is using the latest technology and procedures to minimize pain and maximize your results.

  • Check out their dental qualifications. The basic dental degree is a Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS) or Doctor of Dental Medicine (DMD).

  • The dental professional should also have completed two or more years of advanced education in endodontics. Ask about any continuing education courses.

  • Ask about privacy standards.

  • Ask for patient referrals.

  • Find out if they have any additional patient education information such as a newsletter or website page to help you prevent future dental problems.

  • Ask about pricing, payment plans and determine what may be covered by your insurance plan. Are there more cost-effective options to the proposed procedure? Can complex procedures be broken down into steps and spread out over a period of time? is your go-to source for dental information and dental education. Use our dental profiles to help find an endodontist for your family because is "where patients and dentists connect."