Occasionally a root canal may be a necessary treatment if you have a dead or dying tooth nerve. This can happen as a result of a very deep cavity, or a cracked or injured tooth. If left untreated, this type of damage could cause pus to develop and eventually form an abscess in the jawbone which can cause even further damage to the bone, resulting in bone loss and pain.
The treatment involves opening the area which contains the dead or dying nerve, cleaning and disinfecting the area and then filling it with a combination of material. This treatment eliminates the pain or discomfort and is effective for saving a tooth that might otherwise need to be removed.
Root canal treatment is very effective and can last a lifetime. Typical tooth decay can still happen with the treated tooth, so it’s important to maintain good oral health care habits.