Endodontists primarily treat damaged teeth with inflamed, dead, and infected pulp (nerve tissues inside roots) arising from the following causes:
- Tooth decay: the breakdown of a tooth that results from insufficient care for teeth and gum (oral hygiene). You may see an endodontist if an unfilled tooth cavitydamages your root tissues inside the roots of a tooth. Tooth decay can cause inflammation (pulpitis) or even death (necrosis) and infection in the pulp tissue.
- Tooth injuries: Trauma affecting your tooth (such as from a hard fall).
- Tooth abscess: A buildup of pus that forms when bacteria get inside your tooth or gums.
Cracked tooth: Damage to your tooth that allows a gap for bacteria to get inside.