“Root canal” is the term used to describe the area within the center of the tooth where the pulp or pulp chamber and the tooth’s nerve is located.
A root canal or endodontic treatment is used to repair and save a tooth that is badly decayed or has become infected. During a root canal procedure, the nerve and pulp are removed and the inside of the tooth is cleaned and sealed. Without treatment, the tissue surrounding the tooth will become infected and an abscess may form.
Because a tooth that needs a root canal often is one that has a large filling or extensive decay or other weakness, a crown, crown and post or other restoration often needs to be placed on the tooth to protect it, prevent it from breaking and restore it to full function. Dr. Ryan will discuss the need for any additional dental work with you.