Endodontics is the branch of dentistry that deals with the diagnosis, prevention and treatment of diseases and injuries of the pulp and associated periradicular conditions. Periradicular refers to the tissue and area surrounding the root of a patient’s tooth.
It includes the study of basic sciences like the biology of normal pulp, etiology for the various diseases and pathology of dental pulp along with morphology and physiology.
“Root Canal” is the familiar term used by most people when describing what an Endodontist does. It might also be referred to as Endodontic Therapy, Root Canal Therapy, RCT, Root End Surgery, etc… This procedure can potentially help save a patient from having to have a tooth extracted and receive a dental implant.