Endodontists perform millions of root canals annually, upwards of 15 million by some estimates. That number doesn’t account for the many more patients who need endodontic retreatment or surgery each year. Needless to say, it’s a valuable and necessary field.
Endodontic treatment is needed to help patients get out of pain, either due to trauma or bacterial infection, and to help save their natural teeth. Recently, researchers found that the success rate for non-surgical endodontic treatment is over 88%. Some studies find even higher success rates of up to 98%.
To get these kinds of results, patients need access to endodontists with outstanding skills and the knowledge needed to reduce their pain and save their teeth.
That means, if you love helping people, endodontics might be the best career choice. Our guide will help you discover what it takes to become an endodontist and start a career with a high-quality dental studio like Renovo Endodontics.
Before we look at the endodontic education that dentists need to become specialists, we should first look at the qualities that make for a good endodontist. Endodontics—and dentistry in general—is not a good fit for everyone. Certain innate qualities are needed to have a successful career as an endodontist. If you have the following traits, endodontics might be an excellent path for you to pursue:
Let’s say you have what it takes to become an endodontist. The next question you should ask yourself is whether it’s worth it to put in the time, money, and effort it takes to reach that level of dental expertise.
Two primary considerations for many dentists are time and money:
Our Renovo dental team would encourage anyone with the aforementioned qualities and goals to become an endodontist. However, there are other factors to consider before you decide to become a root canal specialist.
To become endodontic specialists, dentists need to join an endodontics residency program. To do that, they must first meet eligibility requirements, such as:
To apply for your residency, depending on the program, you’ll likely need to include:
Other information may also be required. For example, the University of Illinois Chicago Endodontic program requirements include:
How long does it take to become an endodontist? People who want to specialize in endodontics will need around 10-11 years of education after high school. Here’s a breakdown of what that often looks like:
While endodontic specialists earn more money per year than general dentists, they’ll also have more student debt. The average endodontist owes $533,000 after graduation, averaging over $145,000 more than a general dentist, according to the financial experts at StudentLoanPlanner.com.
There are just under 60 endodontic specialty programs in the United States, and the admission requirements for each are rigorous and highly selective. The doctors at Renovo have trained all across the country, and some of the programs represented in our practice include:
Would you like to work for a specialist practice like Renovo Endodontic Studio? To do so, you’ll need to present us with a copy of your license and a resume. During the interview, you’ll get to know our team. At this time, all parties involved will get to see if working together is ideal—and if it is, we’ll invite you to join our team!
As an endodontic specialist, where you practice is just as important as how you practice. To best serve your patients, you need to be surrounded by a team that has your high standard of care and your patients’ best interests at heart.
This is precisely what you’ll find at Renovo Endodontics. Our team of skilled Chicagoland endodontists is dedicated to providing our patients with the very best care in microsurgical endodontics.
Our family-owned boutique has now grown to seven locations, thanks to the exceptional endodontists that have joined our team. We hope that you’ll be one of them! We welcome you to apply for a position in our endodontic studio today.
Renovo Endodontics is a diverse group of endodontists that are dedicated to providing exceptional care to all our patients. If you’d like to join us, contact us to learn more about our application and hiring process.