Endodontics is concerned with the health of, injuries to, and diseases of the dental pulp (nerve) and surrounding structures (tooth, root, and bone), aiming to preserve a functional tooth and maintain or regenerate healthy supporting tissues.
Specialist endodontists provide care for patients who require complex endodontic treatment which include, but are not limited to, complicated root canal treatment including failed treatment, management of traumatised and immature teeth, and surgical procedures to the tooth root and surrounding tissues.
Their services may be needed where patients require care outside the scope of general dental practitioners or when multidisciplinary collaboration is necessary. Additionally, specialist endodontists may participate in education, training, assessment, and research in their field.
The next curriculum will take effect for all new specialty trainees by September 2024.