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Root canal therapy is used to treat or repair a tooth that is infected or badly damaged. The dentist will remove the portions of the tooth that are damaged, clean and disinfect it and then fill it back up and seal it off. The reason the pulp of the tooth becomes infected can vary. It can happen when a tooth is cracked, has a deep cavity, trauma to the tooth or excessive dental treatments. Basically, a root canal refers to cleaning the canals inside the root of the tooth.
Your dentist may recommend a root canal. It is a procedure that will be completed over several office visits. The series of treatments include: