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. The American Association of Endodontists has 7,600 members.

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Quick Facts
Alternate Title(s) None
Duties Diagnose and treat diseases of the dental pulp and root
Salary Range $75,000 to $100,000+
Work Environment Primarily Indoors
Best Geographical Location(s) Nationwide; most opportunities available in large, metropolitan areas
Minimum Education Level
  • Medical Degree
School Subjects
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Health
Experience Internship
Personality Traits
  • Helpful
  • Problem-Solving
  • Scientific
  • Interpersonal
  • Mechanical/Manual Dexterity
  • Scientific
Certification or Licensing Required
Special Requirements None
Employment Prospects Good
Advancement Prospects Fair
Outlook Faster than the Average
Career Ladder
  • Dental Professor or Private Practice
  • Experienced Endodontist
  • Entry-Level Endodontist

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