Root canal therapy is the treatment of the nerve of a tooth which results in the clearing of infection, and protection of future microbial invasion.

The illustration shows the process of a tooth needing and going through root canal treatment:

  • the tooth is infected and has an abcsess at the root
  • the dentist clears the infection and shapes the the pulp chamber of tooth
  • the root chambers of the tooth are filled and sealed to prevent future infection
  • a crown is placed on top of the tooth to prevent fracture of the weakened tooth structure

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