Root Canal Treatment
A root canal is a procedure which saves an infected tooth that might otherwise need to be extracted.
Teeth can become infected from cavities, cracks, prior large fillings, and more; and when the nerve of the tooth is touched by this infection, a root canal will be done. The pulp (the blood and nerve supply to the tooth) is removed, along with any bacteria or decay, and the space is filled with a material called gutta percha.
Once the tooth is healed, a crown is usually recommended within about two weeks, as a root canal tooth can become brittle or re-infected.