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Working As An Endodontist

  • $182,900

    Average Salary

What Does An Endodontist Do

Dentists diagnose and treat problems with patients’ teeth, gums, and related parts of the mouth. They provide advice and instruction on taking care of the teeth and gums and on diet choices that affect oral health.

Duties

Dentists typically do the following:

  • Remove decay from teeth and fill cavities
  • Repair cracked or fractured teeth and remove teeth
  • Place sealants or whitening agents on teeth
  • Administer anesthetics to keep patients from feeling pain during procedures
  • Prescribe antibiotics or other medications
  • Examine x rays of teeth, gums, the jaw, and nearby areas in order to diagnose problems
  • Make models and measurements for dental appliances, such as dentures, to fit patients
  • Teach patients about diets, flossing, the use of fluoride, and other aspects of dental care

Dentists use a variety of equipment, including x-ray machines, drills, mouth mirrors, probes, forceps, brushes, and scalpels. They also use lasers, digital scanners, and other computer technologies, such as digital dentistry.

In addition, dentists in private practice oversee a variety of administrative tasks, including bookkeeping and buying equipment and supplies. They employ and supervise dental hygienists, dental assistants, dental laboratory technicians, and receptionists.

Most dentists are general practitioners and handle a variety of dental needs. Other dentists practice in 1 of 9 specialty areas:

Dental public health specialists promote good dental health and the prevention of dental diseases in specific communities.

Endodontists perform root-canal therapy, by which they remove the nerves and blood supply from injured or infected teeth.

Oral and maxillofacial radiologists diagnose diseases in the head and neck through the use of imaging technologies.

Oral and maxillofacial surgeons operate on the mouth, jaws, teeth, gums, neck, and head, performing procedures such as surgically repairing a cleft lip and palate or removing impacted teeth.

Oral pathologists diagnose conditions in the mouth, such as bumps or ulcers, and oral diseases, such as cancer.

Orthodontists straighten teeth by applying pressure to the teeth with braces or other appliances.

Pediatric dentists focus on dentistry for children and special-needs patients.

Periodontists treat the gums and bone supporting the teeth.

Prosthodontists replace missing teeth with permanent fixtures, such as crowns and bridges, or with removable fixtures, such as dentures.

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How To Become An Endodontist

Dentists must be licensed in the state(s) in which they work. Licensure requirements vary by state, although candidates usually must graduate from an accredited dental school and pass written and practical exams.

Education

All dental schools require applicants to have completed certain science courses, such as biology and chemistry, before entering dental school. Students typically need at least a bachelor’s degree to enter most dental programs, although no specific major is required. However, majoring in a science, such as biology, might increase one’s chances of being accepted. Requirements vary by school.

College undergraduates who plan on applying to dental school usually must take the Dental Admission Test (DAT) during their junior year. Admission to dental school can be competitive. Dental schools use these tests along with other factors, such as grade point average, interviews, and recommendations, to admit students into their programs.

Dental school programs typically include coursework in subjects such as local anesthesia, anatomy, periodontics (the study of oral disease and health), and radiology. All programs at dental schools include clinical experience in which students work directly with patients under the supervision of a licensed dentist.

Completion of a dental program results in one of three degrees: Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS), Doctor of Dental Medicine (DDM), and Doctor of Medical Dentistry (DMD). In 2015, the Commission on Dental Accreditation, part of the American Dental Association, accredited more than 60 dental school programs.

High school students who want to become dentists should take courses in chemistry, physics, biology, anatomy, and math.

Training

All nine dental specialties require dentists to complete additional training before practicing that specialty. This training is usually a 2- to 4-year residency in a program related to their specialty. General dentists do not require any additional training after dental school.

Dentists who want to teach or do research full time usually spend an additional 2 to 5 years in advanced dental training. Many practicing dentists also teach part time, including supervising students in dental school clinics.

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

Dentists must be licensed in the state(s) in which they work. All states require dentists to be licensed; requirements vary by state. Most states require a dentist to have a degree from an accredited dental school and to pass the written and practical National Board Dental Examinations.

In addition, a dentist who wants to practice in one of the nine specialties must have a license in that specialty. Licensure requires the completion of a residency after dental school and, in some cases, the completion of a special state exam.

Important Qualities

Communication skills. Dentists must have excellent communication skills. They must be able to communicate effectively with patients, dental hygienists, dental assistants, and receptionists.

Detail oriented. Dentists must be detail oriented so that patients receive appropriate treatments and medications. They also must pay attention to the shape and color of teeth and to the space between them. For example, they may need to closely match a false tooth with a patient’s other teeth.

Dexterity. Dentists must be good at working with their hands. They work with tools in a limited area.

Leadership skills. Most dentists work in their own practice. This requires them to manage and lead a staff.

Organizational skills. Strong organizational skills, including the ability to keep accurate records of patient care, are critical in both medical and business settings.

Patience. Dentists may work for long periods of time with patients who need special attention. Children and patients with a fear of dental work may require a lot of patience.

Physical stamina. Dentists should be comfortable performing physical tasks, such as bending over patients for long periods.

Problem-solving skills. Dentists need strong problem-solving skills. They must evaluate patients’ symptoms and choose the appropriate treatments.

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Endodontist Demographics

Gender

Female

67.4%

Male

27.0%

Unknown

5.6%
Ethnicity

White

56.7%

Asian

22.4%

Hispanic or Latino

14.5%

Unknown

5.0%

Black or African American

1.3%
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Languages Spoken

French

25.0%

Arabic

25.0%

Portuguese

12.5%

Vietnamese

12.5%

Carrier

12.5%

Hindi

12.5%
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Endodontist Education

Schools

Boston University

12.0%

Tufts University School of Medicine

8.0%

University of Southern California

8.0%

Case Western Reserve University

8.0%

University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences

4.0%

Louisiana State University and A&M College

4.0%

New York University

4.0%

Harcum College

4.0%

University of Florida

4.0%

Everest College - City of Industry

4.0%

Springfield Technical Community College

4.0%

Hudson Valley Community College

4.0%

East Central Community College

4.0%

Front Range Community College

4.0%

Antelope Valley College

4.0%

Universidad Nacional Autonoma De Mexico UNAM- San Antonio

4.0%

University of Alabama

4.0%

Northern Virginia Community College

4.0%

Eastern Oregon University

4.0%

Median School of Allied Health Careers

4.0%
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Majors

Advanced Dentistry And Oral Sciences

50.0%

Business

4.7%

Dentistry

4.7%

Education

4.7%

Dental Assisting

4.7%

Nursing

3.1%

Clinical Psychology

3.1%

Public Health

3.1%

Medical Technician

3.1%

Biomedical Sciences

3.1%

Teaching English As A Second Language

1.6%

Management

1.6%

Biology

1.6%

Physiology And Anatomy

1.6%

Global Studies

1.6%

Cell Biology And Anatomical Science

1.6%

Zoology

1.6%

Electrical Engineering

1.6%

Sociology

1.6%

Health Care Administration

1.6%
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Degrees

Certificate

32.8%

Other

28.1%

Masters

14.1%

Bachelors

12.5%

Doctorate

9.4%

Associate

3.1%
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Real Endodontist Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Endodontist Dental Associates, LLC Pinesburg, MD Aug 04, 2012 $469,575
Endodontist Blue Sky Endo P.C. Linwood, NJ Jun 13, 2012 $360,000
Endodontist Blue Sky Endo. P.C. Linwood, NJ Sep 22, 2011 $360,000
Endodontist CCD Professional Services LLC Newtown, PA Mar 10, 2016 $313,050
Endodontist Highland Park Endodontics, P.A. Dallas, TX May 11, 2011 $300,000
Endodontist Highland Park Endodontics, P.A. Dallas, TX Sep 23, 2011 $300,000
Endodontist My Dentist PC Londonderry, NH Sep 18, 2013 $275,922
Endodontist Associate Carus Dental, P.C. Humble, TX Jul 29, 2011 $260,875
Endodontist Ryan P McNamara DDS PLLC Kent, WA Jan 09, 2016 $260,875
Endodontist Associate Carus Dental, P.C. Humble, TX Apr 20, 2011 $260,875
Endodontist S.R. Krish, DDS, Pa Flower Mound, TX Oct 01, 2012 $252,000
Endodontist Steinert Endodontic Associates, PLLC Methuen Town, MA Sep 18, 2013 $250,837
Endodontist Steinert Endodontic Associates, PLLC Methuen Town, MA Sep 13, 2013 $250,837
Endodontist Kool Smiles Van, PC Virginia Beach, VA Sep 11, 2015 $206,613
Endodontist Kool Smiles Van, PC Norfolk, VA Sep 11, 2015 $206,613
Endodontist Peninsula Dental Center PC Salisbury, MD Oct 01, 2015 $206,613
Endodontist Kool Smiles Van, PC Portsmouth, VA Sep 11, 2015 $206,613
Endodontist Willamette Dental Management Corp. Richland, WA Feb 15, 2013 $200,665
Endodontist Willamette Dental Management Corp. Richland, WA Sep 14, 2011 $200,665
Endodontist Konikoff Dental Associates, Inc. Chesapeake, VA Sep 24, 2015 $200,000
Endodontist Williamette Dental Management Corp. Richland, WA Sep 15, 2014 $200,000
Endodontist Silvaggio Endodontics Allentown, PA Oct 01, 2013 $144,331 -
$150,000
Endodontist Silvaggio Endodontics Allentown, PA Jul 08, 2014 $144,331 -
$150,000
Endodontist Frank T.Y. Feng DMD Chicago, IL Apr 19, 2011 $142,354
Endodontist Endodontic Associates of South Jersey, P.A. Linwood, NJ Oct 16, 2015 $136,136
Endodontist Advanced Dental Specialists, LLC Waukesha, WI Sep 01, 2015 $135,718
Endodontist New Horizons Family Dentistry, PLLC Vancouver, WA Mar 10, 2015 $135,000
Endodontist New Horizons Family Dentistry, PLLC Vancouver, WA Sep 02, 2015 $135,000

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Top Skills for An Endodontist

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Top Endodontist Skills

  1. Endodontic Procedures
  2. Dental Procedures
  3. Osha
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Performed patient consultations and maintenance of patient records Maintenance and setup of operatory, assistance with Endodontic procedures Developed Radiographs
  • Prepare patient, sterilize or disinfect instruments, set up instrument trays, prepare materials, assist dentist during dental procedures.
  • Attended OSHA Dental Board Training.
  • Performed partial or total removal of pulp, using surgical instruments.
  • Traveled once or twice a month to general dentists in surrounding counties to market her specialty practice as a competing Endodontic.

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