Each of our teeth contains a long, thin strand of dental pulp which provides the tooth with nutrients and nerves. The pulp extends down to the tooth’s root. If the pulp becomes infected or injured, the tooth’s nerves die. Often without endodontic treatment, the tooth dies as well. Root canals are designed to save such damaged teeth.
During the procedure, a gap is drilled into the tooth’s crown and pulp chamber. The diseased pulp is reshaped or removed and the tooth is permanently sealed with a gold, porcelain, or tooth-colored inlay/onlay or crown.