Endodontics is a branch of dentistry that concentrates on the inside of the tooth, meaning the dental pulp and tissues surrounding the roots of a tooth. Endodontic treatment refers to treatments that focus on the soft pulp tissue located on the inside of the tooth and serve to save the tooth. An endodontist is a specialized dentist who has studied an additional two-three years after dental school to gain the necessary knowledge and experience to perform such specialized procedures. Endodontic procedures include root canal treatment, endodontic surgery, and other special procedures that can save teeth after traumatic dental injuries.
An endodontist can save your natural smile by saving your tooth and allowing it to continue to function as if nothing had happened. You should see you an endodontist if you are experiencing tooth pain or sensitivity, if you suspect a cracked tooth, or if you have suffered dental trauma. You should also seek the immediate attention of an endodontist if your dentist recommended root canal treatment.