An endodontist is an expert in the dental field who can diagnose and treat issues involving the soft tissue within a tooth, also known as pulp. This is an area that contains nerves and blood vessels.
An endodontist may be needed for consultation when a tooth is damaged, cracked, or decayed. In such instances a root canal may be required to restore the natural look of teeth. This specialist will carefully examine the teeth, gums, and jaw to figure out what the issue is and recommend the needed treatment.
If a root canal is required, it is most often performed using a localized anesthetic. This procedure involves the removal of the infected pulp area in the tooth chamber and root canal and then cleaning, medicating, and sealing the tooth. Depending on the issue, the tooth may need to be restored with a permanent crown for the most natural, organic look possible.