Root canal therapy is an indispensable procedure in treatment of teeth that are severely decayed, traumatized, infected or broken.
Inside every tooth is a naturally occurring space called the pulp chamber and its associated root canals. This space is inhabited by nerve tissue, blood vessels and other cellular entities. Root canal treatment involves the removal of these structures, cleaning and decontamination of this space. The root canal is completed when obturated (filled) with a material that seals off the canals.
After root canal therapy the tooth often becomes brittle. To protect the tooth from fracture, a crown restoration is usually recommended.