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Endodontics is a specialized branch of dentistry that deals with the complex structures found inside the teeth. The Greek word “Endodontics” literally means “inside the tooth” and relates to the tooth pulp, tissues, nerves, and arterioles.

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Endodontic treatment (or root canal therapy) is performed to save the natural tooth.

Endodontics is the treatment of the inside of the tooth called a pulp. The pulp extends to the tip of the root where it connects to tissue surrounding the root.  The inflamed or infected pulp is carefully cleaned and shaped then the space is filled and sealed.  Afterwards a crown or restoration is placed on the tooth to protect and restore the tooth to full function.

Signs and Symptoms of endodontic problems:

  • Inflammation and tenderness in the gums
  • Teeth that are sensitive to hot and cold
  • Tenderness when chewing or biting
  • Tooth discoloration

The following are some main causes of inner tooth (pulp) damage

  • Decay which is deep and in or close to the pulp
  • Fractures or cracks in the tooth
  • Injuries to the tooth