What is endodontics?
Endodontics is recognized by the American Dental Association as a branch of dentistry that concerns the treatment of the pulp and the tooth’s surrounding tissues. The tissue underneath the tooth, hidden behind the gum line, is known as the root. The outer portion is known as dentin and the inside channel contains soft tissue, blood vessels, and nerves. With tooth decay, fracture, or periodontal disease, bacteria is introduced to these areas and can cause severe damage. An endodontic specialist can be referred to remove the diseased pulp and sustain the health of the tooth, preventing further infection and inflammation.