If your tooth’s nerve chamber becomes infected by decay, or damaged by trauma, root canal treatment is often the only way to save your tooth.
Inside the hard outer shell of each tooth is a specialized area called the pulp or nerve chamber. The pulp chamber contains a system of blood vessels, lymph vessels and nerves, the pulp, which enter from the bone through the root canals. This system provides nourishment for the cells within the tooth.
Deep tooth decay or other injury can cause damage to or infection of the tooth pulp. In a root canal or endodontic treatment, the dentist removes the damaged or infected pulp and replaces it with a special filler which helps maintain the remaining tooth structure.
Tooth with decay extending pulp
Step.1 After the tooth is anesthetized, an opening is made through the crown into the pulp chamber
Step.2 The length of the root canals is determined.
Step.3 Unhealthy pulp is removed. Canals are cleaned, enlarged and shaped.
Step.4 Canals are filled and sealed.
Step.5 Tooth is filled and restored with a crown.