Many patients are referred to endodontists when they need a root canal. However, endodontists don’t just perform root canal treatments. They are concerned with the overall health of the dental pulp as well as the tissues that surround the tooth. The American Dental Association states that “Endodontics is the branch of dentistry which is concerned with the morphology, physiology and pathology of the human dental pulp and periradicular tissues. Its study and practice encompass the basic and clinical sciences including biology of the normal pulp, the etiology, diagnosis, prevention and treatment of diseases and injuries of the pulp and associated periradicular conditions.” (American Dental Association, Adopted December 1983)