Endodontics is the field of dentistry which deals with the pulp and nerves of the teeth. The most common cause of nerve pathology is tooth decay that affects the pulp.
Signs you need root canal treatment:
- prolonged sensitivity to heat or cold
- tenderness to touch and chewing
- discoloration of the tooth
- tenderness in the lymph nodes, as well as nearby bone and gingival tissues
***In some cases however, there are no symptoms.***
An endodontist removes the inflamed or infected pulp, carefully cleans and shapes the inside of the canal (a channel inside the root), then fills and seals the space. Afterwards, the patient returns to their dentist, who will place a crown or other restoration on the tooth to protect and restore it to full function. After restoration, the tooth continues to function like any other tooth.