The pulp is the nerve of your tooth where blood and nutrients needed by a healthy tooth circulate. If the pulp is damaged for any reason it is susceptible to infection and can result in pain, swelling, bone damage and loss of the tooth.
To save the original tooth and avoid the problems associated with damaged pulp, Root Canal Therapy is often an option
The pulp in the ‘root canal’ is completely removed and the ‘canal’ is cleaned out, shaped and smoothed. Any infection (we refer to as abscess) is treated and the bacteria that cause it are cleaned out. The canal area, once infection free is filled and sealed. As the tooth will no longer be receiving vital nutrients it will be more brittle than surrounding teeth. For this reason we create a Crown or Cap to strengthen and protect your tooth’s chewing surface.