Root canal therapy is necessary when the central part of the tooth, known as the dental pulp, gets infected, inflamed, or necrotic (when most or all of the dental pulp cells have died). This procedure is not only important in treating and preserving the tooth, but also in preventing it from spreading and causing further damage to the surrounding bone and tissues.
How it’s done
In this process an opening is made in the tooth pulp allowing the dentist to remove the inflamed nerve endings, small blood vessels and bacteria. The root canals are then also cleaned out, disinfected and finally sealed with special dental material. Finally, a custom-made crown is placed over the disinfected tooth in order to regain its proper function.