Endodontics is the dental specialty that deals with treating the inside of the tooth. Endodontic treatment is needed when the dental pulp (the soft tissue inside your tooth that contains nerves, blood vessels, and connective tissue) becomes inflamed or infected. This inflammation or infection can results from such things as deep decay, repeated dental procedures on the tooth, a problem with a crown on the tooth, or a crack or chip in the tooth. In addition, trauma to a tooth may cause pulp damage even if the tooth has no visible chips or cracks. If pulp inflammation or infection is left untreated, it can cause pain or lead to an abscess.
Learn more on endodontic treatments and procedures, through the American Association of Endodontists >>