If an infection or cavity is left untreated it can cause deeper and more serious problems in the root of the tooth. This can be very painful. As always our first choice and healthiest option is to save the tooth. If this is possible, then we perform a root canal.
Root canals involve opening the top of the tooth and extracting the infected internal part of the tooth, called the pulp. The tooth is then filled back in with a hard resin and capped with a realistic tooth-like structure. This can sometimes take two visits and is a virtually painless procedure. Often a crown will be recommended with a root canal to better support and protect the remaining tooth structure.