At the center of your tooth is pulp. Pulp is a collection of blood vessels that helps to build the surrounding tooth. Infection of the pulp can be caused by trauma to the tooth, deep decay, cracks and chips, or repeated dental procedures. Symptoms of the infection can be identified as visible injury or swelling of the tooth, sensitivity to temperature or pain in the tooth and gums.
If you experience any of these symptoms, root canal therapy will most likely be recommended to remove the diseased pulp. This injured pulp is removed and the root canal system is thoroughly cleaned and sealed. Success for this type of treatment occurs in about 95% of cases. Different types of final restorations will be discussed in order to protect your tooth once the root canal therapy has been completed.