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.

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

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