What’s the Difference Between an Endodontist and a Dentist?

General dentists and endodontists both fit under the category of dental care professionals. All endodontists are dentists, but not all dentists specialize in endodontics. Endodontists must complete two additional years of training to be able to perform procedures that relate to the interior of the tooth. These treatments are designed to remove damaged dental pulp and address issues like gum inflammation or tooth disease. 

At Charlotte Root Canal Center, our endodontist, Ramesh K. Sunar, DMD, is an expert in addressing a wide range of dental issues and is prepared to help you achieve the most effective solutions. 

What is endodontics?

Endodontics is a branch of dentistry that focuses on treating dental pulp and the tissues surrounding the roots of the damaged tooth. Endodontists are trained to perform root canals and diagnose issues afflicting the inner part of the tooth. Your dental pulp contains nerves, cells, and blood vessels that are responsible for your oral health and may also contribute to painful tooth sensitivity.

Endodontists can help save your natural teeth by addressing damaged pulp and cleaning soft tissues around your tooth. Dentists, by contrast, are not trained to perform complex endodontic procedures that resolve traumatic dental injuries. Instead, a dentist might prepare caps or crowns for your teeth following a root canal treatment. 

What’s the difference between an endodontist and a dentist? 

A general dentist treats issues that include cavity fillings, teeth cleanings, preventive care, and fitting patients for bridges. As your primary dental physician, a dentist can educate you on good oral health practices and refer you to a specialist such as an endodontist if necessary. 

An endodontist is certified to perform specialized procedures if you’re suffering from a severe dental injury. Endodontists diagnose facial or oral pain that is difficult to treat. Dr. Sunar ensures that you are comfortable throughout the process and is an expert in administering numbing medications. 

When should you see an endodontist?

If you find yourself experiencing any of the following symptoms, you should make an appointment with Dr. Supar. He identifies the source of pain and recommends treatment options that restore your oral health.

Dr. Supar has years of experience performing pain-free root canals and apicoectomies. 

If you’re looking for more information about root canal treatments or other endodontic procedures, call our office or book an appointment online. 

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