Both are dental care professionals, one is a specialist to consider.

Chances are that if you’re reading this article, you like to be well informed about dental health. Maybe you’re reading this because your dentist referred you to an endodontist and you’d like to know a little more—perhaps it’s the difference between a dentist and an endodontist and why do you need to see the latter.

First, let’s explain the difference between a dentist and endodontist: Endodontists are specialists. Think of it as equivalent to the relationship between a doctor and a gynecologist or a doctor and a cardiologist; one is a general practitioner, the other is a specialist. All gynecologists are doctors, but not all doctors are gynecologists. Similarly, according to the American Association of Endodontists, while all endodontists are dentists, less than three percent of dentists are endodontists. Just like a doctor in any other field, endodontists are specialists because they’ve completed two or more additional years of specialized training after completing four years of dental school.

General dentists and endodontists are dental care professionals. Although they have a few overlapping practice areas, overall, they treat different dental issues. Endodontists don’t place fillings or clean teeth. The additional training endodontists receive focuses on performing root canal treatments and other procedures relating to the interior of the tooth and tooth pulp. They are skilled and knowledgeable professionals dedicated to preserving your teeth. In many cases, a diseased tooth can be saved with endodontic treatment. For this reason, endodontists proudly refer to themselves as “specialists in saving teeth.”

If you need a root canal, you might assume your dentist will perform this procedure. In fact, your dentist may do root canals perfectly well, but he or she may only do two or three a week. However, many dentists refer their patients to an endodontist because endodontists complete an average of 25 root canal treatments a week. Consequently, they are up to date on the latest techniques and technology available for smooth and painless root canal treatments.

Realizing that many patients may be nervous about root canal treatments, endodontists are experts in pain management and eager to set straight the belief that root canal treatments are painful and tedious. They give a high priority to ensuring that patients are comfortable during their treatments. They have materials and equipment designed to make root canals easier and successful. In addition, many endodontists, including those at Professional Endodontics, use lasers when appropriate in the root canal procedure. Lasers are quiet, painless, and effective.

If your dentist has referred you to Professional Endodontics or you are searching for an endodontist on your own, we invite you to contact us and learn more. You’ll find we are, indeed, specialists in saving teeth.

About Professional Endodontics

Professional Endodontics has been exceeding the standard of care in Wayne and Macomb counties for over 50 years.  The team specializes in treating issues with the inside of the tooth and goes out of its way to provide a safe easy environment for patients. Each member of the practice is dedicated to providing excellence in patient care and values high-quality relationships with referring dentists and specialists.  Each endodontist at Professional Endodontics has been individually chosen as Hour Detroit Magazine’s Best Dentists.  Thanks to contemporary advances in endodontics, Professional Endodontics is able to use innovative technology to treat and save teeth that have suffered damage to the soft tissue within the roots of the tooth.

Professional Endodontics offers state-of-the-art facilities in Clinton Township, St. Clair Shores, and Southfield.  All locations offer the latest in advanced dental delivery systems, microscopy, and digital radiography.

29201 Telegraph Road
Suite 110
Southfield, MI 48034
(248) 358-2910

Clinton Township

Henry Ford Hospital Medical Pavilion
16151 19 Mile Rd, Suite 101
Clinton Township, MI 48038

St. Clair Shores

St. Clair Professional Plaza
23829 Little Mack, Suite 300
St. Clair Shores, MI 48080