Root canals can be scary, but they can help restore the health of your mouth.
Inside every tooth is dental pulp, or where all the nerves and blood vessels are stored. This pulp can become infected due to tooth decay. This can occur when a tooth has a deep cavity or a crack in it, allowing bacteria to enter the tooth and kill off the dental pulp. When this occurs, the only way to save the tooth is to remove the infected pulp, take antibiotics, and the cavity or crack is filled and covered with a crown. For more information about root canals and what they entail, please visit the American Dental Association.