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Endodontists are dental specialists who diagnose and treat diseases of the dental pulp and root. They perform root canal treatment, often handling cases that are too complicated for a general dentist. Endodontists also treat oral trauma, managing teeth that have been cracked or broken, knocked out, twisted in the socket, or pushed further into the tooth socket. There are approximately 6,600 active endodontists in the United States, according to the American Association of Endodontists.