Otherwise known as endodontic, root canal treatment is the necessary treatment of an irreversibly infected, damaged, or otherwise, dead dental pulp.
Consisting of nerves, blood vessels, and soft tissues, the dental pulp is central to the growth and nourishment of a developing tooth.
When dental trauma, due to decay, faulty fillings, and other dental injuries, penetrate deep enough into the tooth, the dental pulp is exposed to an entire population of mouth dwelling bacteria.
When this happens, the dental tooth becomes infected and inflamed. An infected and inflamed dental tooth often causes debilitating dental pain and prominent swelling. Once infected, the dental tooth compromises oral health.
Endodontic therapy, or root canal treatment can relieve you of dental pain by surgically removing the infected dental tooth in an attempt to save the remaining healthy structures of your tooth.