- A field of dentistry concerned with the biology and pathology of the dental pulp and periapical tissues, and with the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of diseases and injuries in these tissues. SYN: endodontia, endodontology. [endo- + G. odous, tooth]
* * *end·odon·tics -'dänt-iks n pl but sing in constr a branch of dentistry concerned with diseases of the pulpend·odon·tic -'dänt-ik adjend·odon·ti·cal·ly -'dänt-i-k(ə-)lē adv
* * *n.the study, treatment, and prevention of diseases of the pulp of teeth and their sequelae. A major part of treatment is root canal treatment.
* * *en·do·don·tics (en″do-donґtiks) [end- + odont- + -ics] the branch of dentistry concerned with the etiology, prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of diseases and injuries affecting the dental pulp, tooth root, and periapical tissue. In current usage, this term has a more restrictive meaning than endodontology, which refers to study of the pulp in both health and disease, although sometimes the terms are used interchangeably.
Medical dictionary. 2011.