Our teeth are meant to last a lifetime. Sometimes, however, damage
occurs to a tooth (often from a deep cavity or an injury that causes
a tooth to crack) and the inside of the tooth becomes infected. This
infection damages the pulp of the tooth - the network of blood vessels
and nerves inside.
Left untreated, the damaged pulp can cause infection that will damage
the bone around the tooth and cause swelling and pain. If the damaged
tooth becomes infected, your dentist, or a dental specialist called
an Endodontist, may have to perform an endodontic treatment (often called
Root Canal Therapy) to save it.
Endodontic treatment involves opening the tooth, removing the damaged
pulp, cleaning, shaping, filling and sealing the tooth. Depending upon
how much infection there is in the injured tooth, your may be put on
medicine before your dentist or Endodontist can begin to work.
Root Canal Slideshow:
Your dentist or Endodontist will start by Getting the