This treatment is applied to a tooth with cavity or damage that has affected the pulp (inner section of tooth containing nerve tissue) beyond repair.
The pulp is the soft area within the center of the tooth. It contains the nerve, blood vessels, and connective tissue. The root canals travel from the tip of the tooth’s root into the pulp chamber.
When the bacteria in the tooth cavity reaches the pulp, inflammation is inevitable. Soaring toothache is common in such cases, and the only treatment is a root canal. In the case of a root canal treatment, the infected pulp tissue is completely removed and the emptied canal is filled.
If the tooth is not treated right away, the inflammation and bacteria will spread to the surrounding tissue and cause further discomfort and complications.