Every tooth has an enclosed nerve running inside it. This nerve is the blood supply of the tooth and brings the tooth the nutrients it needs. If the nerve becomes damaged due to injury or tooth decay it can become inflamed, creating pressure around the tooth, which leads to pain and causes the tooth to die. Infection may also occur. Once this process has begun, in order to save the tooth a root canal therapy procedure must be performed.
Root Canal Therapy removes the infected and damaged nerve tissue from within the tooth and replaces it with filling material. Even though the tooth will no longer have its blood supply, it will be able to remain intact and function as a normal tooth. A crown is then placed over the tooth, protecting it from fracture.
Together these two procedures will restore the tooth’s function and allow the patient to retain tooth that would otherwise have been lost.