What Is An Endodontist? Posted on May 15, 2016

We often hear our patients say: I know what a dentist is, but what is an endodontist?

That’s a great question. An endodontist is a dentist who specializes in the dental pulp and nerves of the teeth. These dental professionals have a special set of skills and have undergone an additional two years of specialized training following dental school.

Pittsburgh Root Canal Dentist

Endodontists are often referred to as “root canal dentists.” That describes part of what an endodontist does, but they also perform root canal retreatments and surgical procedures like apicoectomies.

In general, endodontists provide these services:

  • Root Canal Treatment
  • Endodontic Re-treatment
  • Endodontic Surgery
  • Cracked Teeth
  • Traumatic Dental Injuries

What Skills Do Endodontists Have?

Endodontists are dental professionals who attended dental school and then completed at least two more years of advanced education. Endodontists use state-of-the-art equipment, such as digital x-rays, electronic apex locators, and surgical operating microscopes to perform root canals and endodontic surgeries. They are highly skilled, keep up-to-date on all advances in the endodontics and general dentistry fields, and make their patients’ time in the dental chair comfortable.

Following a patient’s treatment, the endodontist will ask that they schedule an appointment with their general dentist to complete a tooth’s restoration.

University of Pittsburgh Endodontic Treatment Education

Dr. Semashko is also an Assistant Clinical Professor at the University of Pittsburgh School of Dental Medicine. As a faculty member, he supervises and teaches the graduate dental residents who are studying to be endodontists and dentists. He enjoys mentoring students and teaching them how to approach different issues that they’ll encounter as endodontists. He introduces real-life cases to explain how he went through the decision-making process, what procedures he used, and what treatment plans are necessary.

Dr. Semashko has been named a Top Dentist in Pittsburgh and is the president of the Pennsylvania Association of Endodontists. He and his staff are always dedicated to your care. Call Endodontics in Cranberry today to make an appointment.