A program that focuses on the advanced study of the morphology, physiology, and pathology of human dental pulp and periradicular tissues, and prepares dentists to diagnose and treat internal diseases and injuries of teeth. Includes instruction in theory and practice of endodontics; pulpal disease; relationship of endodontic conditions to other dental/oral health issues; endodontic operative technique; and patient care and management.

Endodontics/Endodontology Dental Careers

A program that focuses on the advanced study of the morphology, physiology, and pathology of human dental pulp and periradicular tissues, and prepares dentists to diagnose and treat internal diseases and injuries of teeth. Includes instruction in theory and practice of endodontics; pulpal disease; relationship of endodontic conditions to other dental/oral health issues; endodontic operative technique; and patient care and management.

Endodontics. Fewer than three percent of U.S. dentists are endodontists. Additional training as an endodontist pivots on diagnosing tooth pain, and providing root canal treatment and other procedures related to the interior (dentin, pulp, cementum, and roots) of the tooth. Such procedures frequently save the tooth. The organization responsible for setting policy and enforcing procedures among endodontists is the American Association of Endodontists (www.aae.org), who provide an excellent overview of their specialty here.

As always, when doing your research, refer to the American Dental Association’s current list of accredited programs in the United States or Canada in any field.  Because of the American Dental Association’s Commission on Dental Accreditation’s (CODA) very strong program-sanctioning standards, it is possible almost to say that, as is the situation with every dental specialty program, every endodontics program is the same. But every program is very different. Buyer beware

The ADA website currently links to 55 programs in endodontics

Visit the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics website for the occupational outlook for endodontists.