What’s the Difference Between a Periodontist and an Endodontist?

In the wide world of dentistry, there are a variety of caretakers that can help you create and maintain a beautiful smile. From dental hygienists to general dentists, periodontists, and beyond, patients may see as many of five or six different types of dental health providers in their lifetimes.

While most people are familiar with a general dentist, which performs basic procedures like cleanings, fillings, and some small specialty treatments, specialists like endodontists and periodontists are less well known. As a provider that specializes in periodontics, we love to educate our patients about the differences that patients face when seeing an endodontist vs. a periodontist.

Watch the video below to learn what the folks at Delta Dental have to say in regards to the difference between a general dentist, a periodontist, and an endodontist.


“Your general dentist is not the only professional who can help you maintain a healthy smile. There are many unique occupations throughout the dental industry. Let’s take a look at a few types of dental specialists: There are a lot of “o-dontists” out there, depending on what you need. Endodontists diagnose and perform procedures such as root canals on infected roots and traumatic dental injuries. Orthodontists work to correct the alignment of teeth and jaws by using devices like braces, retainers, and headgear. Periodontists prevent, diagnose, and treat gum disease using scaling and root planing, gum grafts, dental implants, and more. Prosthodontists restore or replace teeth using techniques such as crowns, bridges, dentures, and implants. Whatever your needs are, your general dentist may provide some specialty services, or may refer you to the specialist that’s right for you.”

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