What Is An Endodontist?

Endodontist is a fancy name for a Root Canal Specialist.  An Endodontist’s training begins the same as all general dentists with a preparatory Bachelors degree, usually in the Sciences, followed by a four year degree in the Faculty of Dentistry.  A degree in Dental Medicine allows you to put Doctor in front of your name which is quite impressive for your Mom.

The path to becoming a specialist doesn’t end there however.  To be an Endodontist you must attend graduate dental school for at least another two years.  Graduate school is much like an apprenticeship program.  You are focused exclusively on the biology, anatomy, pathology, diagnosis, and treatment of diseases of the roots canal system under the direct supervision of other Endodontic Specialists.

As you might expect, as you go through the training to be a Root Canal Specialist you rapidly develop and expand you understanding and expertise in this narrow field.  Malcolm Gladwell, in his book Outliers, talks about the common factors present in people who have achieved at the highest level such as Olympic athletes.  All shared special training, coaching, and many hours of repetition in their skill area.  While Endodontists often have specialized equipment which is specific to Endodontics, it is the opportunity to see many people with root canal problems that allows us to develop both the range and depth of knowledge in this area.

Being a Root Canal Specialist has many advantages not the least which is being able to clear a room when you begin to expound on the abcessed tooth you treated today.


http://gallery.mailchimp.com/09e291e6ff4a6a6bef524fee7/images/de61220c-c048-45ab-8e68-b71a3477cd12.jpgABOUT THE AUTHOR: DR. HOWARD BITTNER, DMD, CAGS

Dr. Bittner was born and raised in the Surrey/Langley area. Following his pre-dental training at Simon Fraser University, he received his Doctor of Dental Medicine from the University of British Columbia in 1982 and his Certificate in Advanced Graduate Studies in Endodontics from Boston University’s Goldman School of Dental Medicine in 1995.

Dr. Bittner was in private practice in general dentistry for 11 years in Langley prior to his Endodontic specialty training. He has been practicing the Dental Specialty of Endodontics since 1995.

In his free time, Dr. Bittner loves to participate in a variety of sports including most recent, golfing! He also enjoys being a new grandfather, which if you ask him is just the best!

On August 25, 2014, posted in: News for Patients by