Endodontics is the area of dentistry focused on the study and treatment of the dental pulp. The pulp is the innermost layer of the tooth and includes the tooth’s living connective tissue and cells. It also houses the tooth nerves and blood vessels. If this area of the tooth becomes injured or diseased, it often results in serious tooth pain and sensitivity. When infection and damage in the dental pulp go untreated, they can cause the tooth to die, necessitating extraction. The goal of endodontic treatment is to restore the health of the tooth and prevent the need for tooth extraction.
The most common type of endodontic treatment is root canal therapy, which is often simply called a root canal. During root canal therapy, our dentist and team remove the injured and infected tissues from the tooth, thoroughly clean the tooth and fill the tooth. The tooth is then capped with a restoration, such as a dental crown, to protect the tooth and restore its structure and appearance.
If root canal therapy is not the right treatment for you, or if infection recurs after the tooth has undergone a root canal, our dentist may recommend further endodontic treatment. Other endodontic treatment options include root canal retreatment, apicoectomy, pulpal debridement and pulpotomy.