Root canal treatment is a procedure to relieve dental pain and prevent extraction. Patients typically need a root canal when there is inflammation or infection in the pulp tissue of a tooth. The most common causes of inflammation to the pulp are profound dental caries, large restorations, or cracks in the tooth structure. Usually, an inflamed pulp can cause discomfort, pain and swelling. If a root canal procedure is not initiated, the tooth may have to be removed.
During a root canal procedure, your dentist carefully removes the diseased pulp tissues. Afterwards, the canals are of the inner tooth are cleaned and shaped. The root canal and pulp chamber are subsequently filled. A crown placement will proceed the root canal procedure.