In the past, teeth that were diseased or injured often required extraction. Thanks to modern endodontic treatment, also referred to as a root canal, these teeth can now be saved.
Within each of our teeth is a thin strand of dental pulp that is integral to the health of a tooth, containing nerves, connective tissue, and blood vessels. If this dental pulp is infected or injured in some way, bacteria can leak into the dental pulp causing the pulp to die. The bacteria also cause a painful abscess to form at the tip of the tooth root and may also result in jawbone damage even if a patient does not feel any pain.
It is imperative for the health of your mouth that in such a situation you receive a root canal. Once treatment is indicated, it may require up to two visits to complete the root canal.