Recognized by the American Dental Association, Endodontics is a specialized branch of dentistry focused on the treatment of the pulp and surrounding tissues of a tooth. The visible part of your tooth is the crown, and the portion hidden beneath the gum line is the root. The root’s hard outer tissue is called cementum, and the inside channel, or root canal, contains your tooth’s pulp, a soft tissue composed of blood vessels and nerves. When tooth decay, periodontal disease or a fracture introduce bacteria into the pulp, discomfort and severe damage ensue.
At East Coast Endodontics in Richmond, Virginia we treat root canals and provide full service endodontic treatments to save the tooth and prevent further problems and discomfort. After successful therapy, your general dentist will restore the tooth to normal function.