Endodontists are highly skilled in diagnosing and treating the soft tissue or pulp inside a tooth, which consists of nerves and blood vessels.
If your tooth is cracked, damaged, or decayed, a root canal can stop further damage and save your tooth. Your dentist and root canal specialist will work together to restore your natural tooth. The root canal specialist will carefully examine your teeth, jaw, gums, and mouth to determine the extent of the problem and recommend what treatment is needed. He or she will explain the treatment and answer any questions you might have.
Root canal therapy is usually performed under a local anesthetic. In general, this involves removing the infected pulp inside of your tooth chamber and root canal. The area is then carefully cleaned, medicated and permanently sealed. Your dentist may need to restore your tooth with a permanent crown so that it looks and feels completely natural.