Endodontics is a branch of dentistry involving treatment of the pulp (root canal) and surrounding tissues of the tooth. Though the outer portion of the root is a hard tissue called dentin, the inside channel or "root canal" contains a pulp of soft tissue, blood vessels and nerves. If bacteria enters and damages the pulp, an endodontic specialist removes the diseased pulp to save the tooth and prevent further infection and inflammation. Procedures performed by your endodontist include non-surgical root canal treatment, endodontic retreatment, apicoectomy, treatment of cracked teeth and knocked-out teeth.
A root canal is one of the most common dental procedures performed, well over 14 million every year. This simple treatment can save your natural teeth and prevent the need of dental implants or bridges.