What should I know about endodontics?
Endodontics is a speciality in dentistry that deals with the treatment of the soft tissue of the teeth, specifically the pulp and tissues that surround the teeth. The pulp is the vital tissue within a tooth that exists in the root, which is the section of the tooth that’s under your gum line. While the outer portions of the tooth, mainly the top visible portion called a crown, are hard and durable, the pulp contains soft tissue that is vulnerable to bacterial infection and damage. It also contains nerves and blood vessels. Once there’s decay or damage to the hard outer shell of the tooth, the pulp may become infected, which can lead to a patient requiring a “root canal” procedure.
A root canal removes the diseased or damaged portions of pulp, which can eliminate pain, infection, and inflammation in the mouth.