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A Greek word literally meaning "inside the tooth," endodontics refers to the complex structures on the inside of the tooth, including the pulp, nerves, tissues and arterioles. This area of dentistry now allows dentists to save teeth that would previously have been removed. Signs of these problems can include:

Reasons for Endodontics

Endodontics is used to preserve the natural teeth whenever possible. Natural teeth are usually the best option. Some of the main causes of this inner tooth damage can include:

The Process of Endodontic Procedures

Endodontics usually requires one or two appointments to complete. After an x-ray and thorough examination, a local anesthetic and rubber dam will be used. An opening is made on the surface of the tooth and the pulp from inside is extracted. The dentist will carefully shape the root canals and then clean them and fill them with gutta-percha, which is a biocompatible rubbery substance. Cement will seal off the root canal and a temporary filling is applied until a permanent crown can be created and placed.