When a tooth is damaged on the inside, it can be necessary to remove the pulp or soft tissue and infected nerves that are in a chamber of the tooth. If left untreated this type of infection may abscess. This can cause bone loss in the jaw in addition to other more serious complications. This procedure is done in several steps and may take more than one dental visit, depending on the extent of the damage. Teeth that have been restored with root canal therapy can last as long as your natural teeth with proper care. Many root canal teeth need build ups for support and will need a crown cemented over the tooth for protection.
Local anesthetics and appropriate pain medication allow this procedure to be performed with little or no pain in most cases.