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What is an endodontist?

An endodontist is a dentist who specializes in diseases of the tooth's pulp. The pulp is found in the center of the tooth and in canals inside the root of each tooth. Pulp, which includes connective tissue, nerves, and blood vessels, nourishes the tooth when it first emerges through the gum. Once the tooth matures, the pulp can be removed without destroying the tooth, because each tooth is also nourished by a blood supply in the gums.

Removing the pulp is called endodontic treatment, but it is often referred to as root canal treatment or root canal therapy, or, in common vernacular, "having a root canal."
Dante A. Gonzales, DMD
Orthodontics & Dentofacial Orthopedics
Endodontists are dentists who specialize in maintaining teeth through endodontic therapy -- or procedures involving the soft inner tissue of the teeth, called the pulp. The word "endodontic" comes from the Greek"endo" meaning inside and "odont" meaning tooth. 

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