Endodontics is the study and treatment of the internal structures of the tooth; specifically, the dental pulp which contains nerves, soft tissues, and the root that carries these tissues into the jawbone. When oral bacteria and tooth infection reach the pulp chamber, endodontic treatment (or root canal treatment) can stop the infection and restore the tooth’s strength and function. Endodontic specialists receive several years of additional training beyond dental school, and are uniquely skilled at restoring teeth from the inside out.
The pulp chamber of a tooth houses its nerves, blood vessels, and soft tissues, which travel to the jawbone through the tooth’s root canal. When pulp tissues become infected by decay, or when they’re exposed to harmful oral bacteria by a crack or fracture in the tooth, they become a liability to your oral health. The infection can travel from the pulp and through the root canals into surrounding tissues and jawbone structure. Root canal treatment requires an endodontic specialist to expertly remove the infection while preserving the sensitive inner tooth structures.