• Root canal treatment (or Endodontic treatment) is necessary to eliminate the infected/inflamed pulp of the tooth that is usually caused by serious decay, crack, or injury. (The pulp is the soft tissue inside your teeth containing blood vessels, nerves and connective tissue.) After the diseased pulp is removed, the pulp chamber and root canals inside the tooth are cleaned, decontaminated, and sealed with an inert filling to protect the tooth from further microbial invasion. Finally, a temporary filling is placed.

    After root canal treatment, the tooth is considered to be “dead”. The dentist will then perform a final restoration (such as a crown) to protect and strengthen the tooth.

    Source: American Dental Association