How does an endodontist compare to a dentist?

All endodontists are dentists, healthcare providers who diagnose and treat oral health conditions. But less than 3% of dentists receive the extra training to become endodontists. An endodontist is just one type of dental specialist:

  • Endodontist: A dental specialist who diagnoses and treats conditions affecting the inside of your teeth.
  • Periodontist: A dental specialist who treats the tissues surrounding your teeth, like your gums and jawbone.
  • Orthodontist: A dental specialist who straightens your teeth and aligns your bite.
  • Oral surgeon: A dental specialist who performs complex surgery on your teeth, gums or jawbone. Oral surgeons include maxillofacial surgeons, who remove wisdom teeth.