In the past, if you had a tooth with a diseased nerve, you’d probably lose that tooth. Today, your tooth can be saved with a dental procedure called “root canal therapy”.
If a tooth has deep decay or is cracked, bacteria can enter the pulp tissue and cause an infection inside. If left untreated, an abscess may form. If the infected tissue is not removed, pain and swelling can result. This may not only be detrimental to your jawbone and the adjacent teeth but also to your overall health.
Root canal treatment involves one to multiple visits. During treatment, a general dentist or endodontist (a dentist who specializes in problems with the nerves of the teeth) removes the affected tissue. Next, the interior of the tooth will be cleaned and sealed. Finally, the tooth is filled with a dental composite. Afterwards, most teeth will need to be crowned in order to strengthen and reinforce them. Without properly restoring the tooth, the risk of fracturing increases tremendously. A crown should be considered while planning treatment.