In the past, a tooth with a diseased or infected nerve was usually extracted. Today, with a dental procedure called “root canal treatment,” your tooth may be saved.

When a tooth is cracked or has a deep cavity, bacteria can enter the pulp tissue and cause an infection inside the tooth. If the infected tissue is not removed, pain and swelling can result. This can not only injure your jawbone, but it is detrimental to your overall health.

During a root canal treatment, your dentist removes the affected tissue. Next, the interior of the tooth is cleaned and sealed. Finally, the tooth is filled with a dental filling material. If your tooth has extensive decay, your doctor may suggest placing a crown to strengthen and protect the tooth from breaking. As long as you continue to care for your teeth and gums with regular brushing, flossing, and checkups, your restored tooth can last a lifetime.