Your teeth are meant to last a lifetime. Years ago, the only choice was to remove an infected or diseased tooth. When the soft tissue inside the tooth is unable to repair itself – the nerve dies. The most common causes of this condition are having a deep cavity, large filling, a cracked tooth or a serious injury to the tooth. All of these conditions can lead to bacteria entering the pulp. If the pulp is not removed, the chances of saving the tooth are rapidly diminished.
Root canal treatment involves numbing the tooth, removing the nerve or pulp from inside the pulp chamber and the space inside each root. A temporary filling is then placed in the opening of the tooth. The final step is to restore the tooth with a crown or filling. It is important to add more strength and protection to avoid a future fracture.