ENDODONTICS is a field of Dentistry focusing on the diagnosis and treatment of conditions involving the inner soft tissue of the tooth known as pulp. Endodontists specialize in saving teeth by performing specialized treatments like root canal surgery, though they perform other procedures, such as dental implants, when a tooth is no longer viable. To become an Endodontist, one must first complete four years of training at an accredited dental school in order to secure a DMD (Doctor of Medicine in Dentistry) or DDS (Doctor of Dental Surgery) degree. The degrees are identical and allow the dentist to begin residency training in Endodontics. Typical Endodontic programs last 2 to 3 years and culminate in a subspecialty certificate in Endodontics. Qualified specialists may then become eligible for certification by the American Board of Endodontics.
Since Endodontists perform a range of treatments and procedures that may pose risk, negligence claims against Endodontists typically involve surgical complications including nerve injury and trauma to adjacent structures such as the facial sinuses.