When a tooth becomes infected or severely decayed, a root canal is often required to save it. The “root canal” is the natural cavity in the center of the tooth, with a soft chamber containing pulpy tissue and the tooth’s nerve.
The nerve is not vitally important to a mature tooth’s health and function, and when it’s inflamed, it may cause discomfort. During a root canal, the nerve and pulp are removed, and the inside of the tooth is cleaned and sealed. This eliminates the source of discomfort and helps ensure the tooth won’t become infected again.
After a root canal, Dr. Hwang will likely need to place a crown or composite restoration to protect it and bring it back to full strength.