Endodontics is the arm of dentistry concerned with the pulp – the soft tissue at the centre of each tooth. When people talk about endodontics, they are generally referring to the procedure known as root canal treatment.
What is endondontics?
The pulp consists of blood vessels, nerves and various other tissues. While the pulp is vital in a tooth’s development during childhood, by the time we reach adulthood, the tooth has finished growing and the pulp starts to decrease in size.
If the pulp becomes infected or contaminated by decay, the tooth becomes painful and root canal treatment is usually indicated.
Signs you may need a root canal treatment
- Tooth or gum pain, discoloration, or prolonged sensitivity to heat or cold
- A tooth that is tender when it is touched
- A tooth abscess (pus enclosed in the tissues of the jawbone at the tip of an infected tooth)
- Pus drainage in your mouth
- Swelling or tenderness in the lymph nodes under your jaw