Endodontics is the cause, diagnoses, prevention and treatment of the tooth pulp and the tissues surrounding the root of a tooth. The tooth pulp is in the centre of a tooth which contains nerves, blood vessels and connective tissue and carries the blood and nerve supply to the tooth.

Your dentist will be trained in endodontic therapy, however in some cases you may be referred to an endodontic specialist.

The term ‘root canal therapy’ is linked to endodontics in which the pulp of the tooth becomes infected. Other reasons for needing endodontic treatment are tooth decay and cracks or chips in the tooth or leaky fillings.

Symptoms that you may require endodontic treatment include:

  • Severe tooth pain
  • Swollen gums
  • Discolouration of tooth
  • Sensitivity.

The earlier the infection is treated, the more successful the treatment is. The ultimate goal of endodontic treatment is to save the tooth that would otherwise need to be removed.

If you are concerned, please contact your dentist for advice.