Why Might I Need a Root Canal Treatment?
Root canal treatments are carried out on infected teeth. Teeth can become infected if they are badly decayed or broken down as this allows bacteria to access the central part of the tooth which is called the pulp. The pulp consists of soft tissues including nerves and blood vessels that extend right into the roots of the teeth.
A root canal treatment eliminates the bacteria causing the infection, relieving pain and discomfort and saving the tooth so it can be fully restored with a filling or crown. The only alternative to a root canal treatment is tooth extraction.