Are you experiencing pain or a very sensitive tooth? Sometimes when this occurs it could be a problem with the nerve of the tooth or an infected tooth.
When the nerve of your tooth becomes infected, a root canal treatment allows you to keep the tooth rather than having to take it out. Saving your tooth avoids having to replace it with an artificial tooth and helps to prevent other potential problems in the future such as drifting.
Root canal treatment, also known as endodontic treatment, is the process of removing infected, injured, or dead nerve from your tooth. Inside the hard layers of each tooth is the root canal system. This system is filled with soft dental pulp made up of nerves and blood vessels. When bacteria enters your tooth through cavities or cracks, your tooth can become abscessed. An abscessed tooth is a tooth with an infection in the nerve. If a nerve becomes infected, it needs to be removed. An abscessed tooth may cause pain and swelling.