A root canal is a dental (endodontic) treatment which removes the decayed or damaged pulp from inside a tooth, enabling the body’s defense system to repair any damage caused by an infection. When the pulp is inflamed, diseased or injured, and unable to repair itself, it can become infected. If left untreated, an infected tooth may have to be extracted. Unfortunately, not all teeth are perfectly healthy, but since it is better to keep your natural teeth, a root canal is generally the best option.
Following a root canal treatment, it is vital to keep the tooth stabilized and strong. It is usually preferred to use a crown restoration due to the usual amount of lost tooth structure from decay and/or old fillings. Root canals are performed after thoroughly numbing the area to be treated.
This type of damage to a tooth is usually caused by the following:
- Trauma to the face
- Deep tooth decay
- Chipping or Cracking
- Repeated dental work to a single tooth