At the center of the tooth lies the tooth pulp, a thread-like tissue that contains nerves.
A deep cavity, a cracked tooth, or an injury to the tooth may cause inflammation or damage of the pulp.
An inflammation of the pulp may require a special treatment known as Root Canal Treatment.
It is very important to treat inflamed pulp because if the infected or dead pulp is left untreated, it can form an abscess at the tip of the root in your jawbone. This can cause extreme pain and can destroy the bone that surrounds the injured tooth.
Root canal treatment is essentially the removal of the pulp inside your tooth.
After removing the pulp, your dentist will clean, shape and fill this area to seal off the root canal.
Depending on your situation, root canal treatment can require several office visits.
1. First, an opening is created that will allow your dentist to remove the diseased pulp.
2. After cleaning and shaping the pulp chamber and root canals, the root canals will be filled.
3. If you require more than one visit to the dentist, your injured tooth may be fitted with a temporary crown to protect your tooth until the next visit.
4. As a final step, a crown is usually placed over your injured tooth to restore its function, appearance and natural shape.