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Derived from Greek, the word "endo" means "inside" and "odont" means "tooth". Endodontic treatment is thus the treatment of the tooth interior and is commonly also known as root canal treatment.

Root canal treatment is one of the most frequently performed dental treatments, over 7 million times per year in Germany.

In order to understand endodontic treatment, it is helpful to know something about the structure of the tooth. (Fig.)

In the tooth interior, below the white, very hard dental enamel and a somewhat less hard layer, the dentin, there is a soft tissue called the pulp. The pulp contains blood vessels, nerves and connective tissue and forms the surrounding dentin during the development of the tooth.

The pulp extends from the tooth crown to the end of the root. It is important for tooth growth and the development of the tooth. The fully formed tooth can however remain in the mouth without pulp, because it continues to be held by the surrounding bone tissue.