Root Canal Therapy

Root Canal

Image taken from American Association of Endodontists

Root canal therapy involves removing infected pulp tissue from within the root chamber of the tooth. The pulp is the innermost layer of a tooth and contains blood vessels, nerves, and connective tissue. It can become inflamed from a variety of causes, such as decay, a crack, or injury to the tooth. If left untreated, the infection could cause pain and/or cause an abscess. After removing the infected pulp, the root canals is cleaned and filled with an antibacterial filling. A crown, or another restoration option, is then placed to protect the tooth and restore it to its full function.