Root canal treatment, also known as endodontic treatment, is the process of removing infected, injured or dead pulp from your tooth. During a root canal procedure, the nerve and pulp are removed, and the inside of the tooth is cleaned and sealed.
Root Canal Procedure - Central Incisor
The pulp provides your tooth with the nerves and blood vessels that is needed. Dental decay can begin to spread to the pulp causing the nerves and blood vessels to become infected. During the root canal of your central incisor, a hole is created at the top of your tooth and the infection tissue will be cleaned out from the canal. When finished, the tooth is filled to help prevent any further infection.
Root Canal With A Crown
Root canals are only performed on teeth with crowns when your dentist feels it is absolutely necessary. Most of the time a crown can be done without the need for a root canal. Root Canal performed with a crown may be needed due to decay, dead nerves, or inflammation. During the procedure a small hole is made into the top of the crown and the root canal is performed.
Cross Section of an Infected Tooth
An abscessed tooth is an infection in or around the tooth. It can be very painful. If the infection isn't treated, it can spread and you can lose your tooth or have other health problems. Damage to the tooth, an untreated cavity and tooth decay, or gum disease can cause an abscessed tooth.
What Is an Apicoectomy? A Apicoectomy is the procedure that is done to remove the tip of your tooth root. This procedure is done to save the tooth from having to be pulled out. During an apicoectomy, the apex is removed, along with the infected tissue, and then sealed with a tooth filling.