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Your Philadelphia Oral Surgeon and an Endodontist: What’s the Difference?

added on: June 11, 2021
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General dentists, endodontists, and oral surgeons in Bucks, Montgomery and the Philadelphia area all share one common goal, providing the very best care possible for optimal oral health in your:

  • Teeth
  • Gums
  • Mouth

One way oral surgeons and endodontists (root canals) differ from a general dentist is that they have to complete more specialized training after they graduate from dental school. A dentist is able to refer you or your family member to us at The Oral Surgery Group in Philadelphia or a local endodontist if there’s a complex health issue negatively impacting your smile health. 

So, what’s the difference between an oral surgeon and an endodontist? It has to do with education, training, and treatment methods.

What is an Endodontist?

Endodontists are sometimes called “tooth-savers” because they love to save teeth that are damaged and causing a patient discomfort using a technique you’ve probably heard of called a root canal. After graduating from dental school an endodontist continues to learn about diagnosing your tooth pain, proper root canal therapy, and other procedures related to the dental pulp or insides of your tooth. 

Most endodontists are skilled at providing:

  • Root canals
  • Endodontic retreatments and surgery
  • Traumatic injury solutions
  • Dental implants

Like our oral surgeons, endodontists love getting complex or complicated cases.

What is an Oral Surgeon?

Our top oral surgeons in the Bucks, Montco, and Philadelphia areas, The Oral Surgery Group often works with dentists and endodontists to provide patients with an unprecedented level of comprehensive dental care. Dentist refer patients to us for:

  • Tooth extraction (ie. wisdom teeth)
  • Dental implants
  • Bone grafts and sinus lifts
  • TMJ and sleep apnea relief

Just like endodontists, our oral surgeons have expertly completed additional education after dental school, where you learn specifically about fixing dental problems and diseases in and around the Commission on Dental Accreditation to complete four years of a hospital-based training program. During this time, they are trained in oral pathology, anesthesia, and oral surgery. Dr. Dachowski completed his oral and maxillofacial surgery residency at Duke University Medical Center. Dr. Sock completed his residency in oral and maxillofacial surgery at University of Pennsylvania Health System/Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. Dr. Daly completed his oral and maxillofacial surgery residency at University of Tennessee Medical Center. Oral surgeons don’t stop there. They must also finish rigorous written and oral exams to achieve Board Certification as well as continuing education on a yearly basis to maintain their license.

Still not sure whether you need a Philadelphia oral surgeon or endodontist? You can call us at (215) 938-7860 to talk and schedule an appointment. We have the ability to provide patients with an unprecedented level of dental health care at all of our convenient locations, including:

Meadowbrook  –  The Oral Surgery Group at Holy Redeemer Hospital 

Doylestown  – The Oral Surgery Group at Doylestown Hospital 

Philadelphia  – The Oral Surgery Group in NE Philadelphia

Langhorne  – The Oral Surgery Group at St. Mary Medical Center

The Oral Surgery Group is a patient centered practice. Our four offices and affiliations with over ten facilities throughout the region allows us to provide unsurpassed care. Based upon our years of experience and high-level credentials, we have the expertise to help our patients with almost any oral surgery problem.

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