An endodontist is a dentist who focuses on performing root canals. A root canal is the removal of a tooth's nerve and pulp for the purpose of saving the tooth when it is decayed or infected.
An aspiring endodontist must first successfully complete an undergraduate program. Common fields of study include biology, chemistry and other areas of science.
After obtaining an undergraduate degree, an endodontist candidate must complete four years of dental school.
After receiving a doctorate from dental school, endodontist candidates next pursue advanced study in endodontics. According to the American Association of Endodontists, there are about 50 such programs across the country
All endodontists must be licensed in order to practice. The license is obtained by passing an examination administered by the state.
To obtain board certification, endodontists must apply to the American Association of Endodontists. Certification is awarded after an audit of a doctor’s patient history and the successful completion of written and oral examinations. Board certification establishes the endodontist's clinical proficiency.