In addition to working as an endodontist in the North Pittsburgh area, Dr. Semashko is also on the faculty at the University of Pittsburgh School of Dental Medicine. He previously taught there more than a decade ago, and returned this past year. He teaches at the school one day a week, supervising and teaching the graduate residents as well as supervising the students who are learning general dentistry.
Not only does he has the opportunity to interact with the students by answering their questions, he also helps with consults as the students care for patients who have chosen Pitt’s Dental School for their dental care. Dr. Semashko teaches classes and seminars in endodontics, discussing cases and what treatment plans are necessary.
“We’ll discuss difficult cases that the undergraduate dental students bring forward, to see how we would suggest treating the patient. Endodontics is about saving your teeth instead of having them pulled, since the loss of a tooth can cause a myriad of problems later on. We talk about what will need to be done to save the tooth. The faculty also wants to teach both the undergrad and graduate students that there may be different ways to approach cases, and various treatments as well,” he explains.
Besides teaching endodontics, he also works with the periodontal department, since both departments often combine their expertise and treat cases together. Other advanced dental programs at Pitt’s Dental School include oral and maxillofacial surgery, orthodontics, pediatric dentistry, and prosthodontics.
“I enjoy teaching residents and being with them as they learn about dental procedures. I have to admit, when I went to dental school, there was much less to know. There’s so much they have to know and that we’re trying to teach them. There have been a lot of advances not only in general dentistry, but in endodontics as well,” he says.
Dr. Semashko’s Endodontics in Cranberry practice performs root canals, root canal re-treatments, and endodontic surgery. Call his office today to learn more or if you need endodontic treatment.