Root Canal Treatment
Root canal treatment is necessary when the nerve tissue inside of a tooth becomes inflamed or infected. The inflamed or infected nerve can be the result of a variety of causes including a deep cavity or a crack in the tooth. Injury or trauma to the tooth can also cause nerve damage resulting in the need for a root canal.
If nerve inflammation is left untreated, it can result in severe infection and swelling called an abscess.
During a root canal, the diseased nerve tissue is removed and the dentist cleans and shapes the canal space. The roots are left intact. The canal is filled and sealed to prevent bacteria from entering the canal space. A crown or restoration is placed on the tooth to restore it to full function.