Endodontics & Root Therapy
An important part to understanding what an endodontist does is to first understand what endodontic means. In Greek, "Endo" means "inside." "odont" means "tooth." Endodontic dentists specialize in treating the inside of teeth which is why you are commonly referred to an endodontist if you are in need of a root canal.
A root canal is a treatment used to relieve dental pain, repair and save a tooth that is badly decayed, inflamed or has become infected.
During a root canal procedure, the nerve and pulp are removed from the tooth. and the inside of the tooth is cleaned and sealed. The endodontist then cleans, disinfects and shape the canals within the tooth. When it is fully cleaned, fillings are put in to seal the space.
Without treatment, the tissue surrounding the tooth will become infected and abscesses may form