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“Endo” is the Greek word for “inside” and “odont” is Greek for “tooth.” Endodontic treatment treats the inside of the tooth.
Inside of a tooth, there is a tissue called the “pulp” that lies underneath the enamel and layer of dentin. The pulp contains blood vessels, nerves and connective tissue and serves as the surrounding hard tissue of the tooth during development. The pulp extends from the crown of the tooth to the tip of the roots where it connects to the tissues surrounding the root.
Endodontic treatment (or root canal therapy) is necessary when the pulp becomes inflamed or infected, often due to deep decay or a crack or chip in the tooth. If left untreated, it can cause pain or lead to an abscess.
If you experience any pain, prolonged sensitivity to heat or cold, discoloration of a tooth, and or swelling and tenderness in the nearby gums, then you may have signs of pulp damage. Be sure to contact our office to schedule an appointment with the dentist in Arlington Heights if you are experiencing any of these signs so that the Arlington Heights Dentist may relieve any discomfort you may have.