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Dr. Kennedy Endodontists have the aim of treating and preventing disorders of the innermost layer of teeth, the dental pulp. Endodontists perform root canals which involves the removal of damaged pulp from within the root canal of a tooth. Root canals are performed when the pulp becomes inflamed or infected as a result of tooth decay, tooth cracks, or repeated dental work on the same tooth. Sensitivity to heat, cold, or touch, or pathology in the lymph nodes or surrounding bone or gingival tissues can all indicate a need for endodontic treatment. The inflamed tissue is removed and an attempt is made to sterilize the root canal, packing it with an antibacterial compound. Your regular dentist then covers the treated tooth with a crown for protection. In addition to root canals, endodontists also deal with the salvaging of knocked-out teeth. Specialization in this field requires two to three years of study in addition to dental school, plus frequent continuing education courses to keep the endodontist up-to-date with the latest research and development in their field.

The information in this article is not meant to be medical advice.�Treatment for a medical condition should come at the recommendation of your personal physician.

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