Endodontics Vs. Periodontics: Understanding the Basics

Periodontic Maitenance Hammonton, NJIt’s easy to be informed about what you know and your area of expertise. If you’re a cake baker, you know the difference between buttercream frosting and simple icing. If you’re a lawyer, you know the difference between criminal and family law. But unless you’re a professional yourself, you likely couldn’t differentiate between the two.

Here at Elm Dental Associates, we know that our patients (or most of them, anyways) are not dentists. However, we also know that it’s important to be informed. To help you gain a better understanding of some dental basics, let’s take a closer look at the difference between endodontics and periodontics.


Endodontics stems from the Greek word “endo” which means “inside” and involves the inside anatomy of the tooth including the pulp and the roots. For instance, if you have to have a root canal, an endodontist at our Woodside Dental office will perform the procedure. Additionally, endodontics also covers issues such as cracked teeth and extreme trauma or injury to the mouth.


“Perio” originates from the Greek word “around” which means that periodontics involves the part of the mouth around the teeth— aka, your gums and surrounding tissues. A periodontist specializes in treating oral issues such as severe gum disease, periodontitis, dental scaling and planing, and a wide variety of other surgical procedures.

Depending on the oral issue that you have, Dr. Nik Zalavadia will help determine if either endodontics, periodontics, or something else is right for you.

Dr. Nik Zalavadia and his staff of dental professionals, offer patients a wide variety of oral treatments including areas specializing in endodontics and periodontics. If you would like to learn more about these procedures or to schedule a consultation, contact our Hammonton office today!

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