Endodontics is a special type of dentistry that focuses on the roots and nerves of teeth. The centre of every tooth contains a pulp, which is comprised of nerves, arterioles and tissues. If this pulp becomes diseased or damaged, a dentist can use endodontic treatments and therapies to attempt to save the tooth. However, not every tooth can be saved. In those cases, the dentist might recommend a bridge or dental implant.
The most common endodontic procedure is a root canal, in which the damaged pulp is removed, and the remaining space is sealed off. But endodontic treatment is also required in the case of a cracked tooth or any other dental trauma that affects the inner workings of a tooth.