An endodontist is a dentist who specializes in treating the inside of the tooth, or the root canal space. An endodontist undergoes an additional two or more years of training beyond dental school. This additional training is limited to endodontics procedures.
WHAT IS A ROOT CANAL?
A root canal is the more familiar term for endodontic treatment. This procedure involves treatment of the inside of the tooth. During endodontic treatment, diseased pulp is removed. The inside of the tooth is carefully cleaned and disinfected before being filled and sealed.
Inflammation or infection of the tooth pulp is an indication that a root canal is necessary. The pulp is the soft tissue inside the tooth. The pulp contains blood vessels and nerve tissue.
It is important to treat inflamed, infected, or otherwise damaged teeth in a timely manner. If left untreated, more severe problems can occur such as an abscess, swelling, or bone loss. These problems can result in the loss of the tooth.
After root canal treatment, the tooth should be restored by your general dentist with a crown or other protective material.