Root canal treatment is an established form of dental treatment which can help preserve teeth which might otherwise be lost, producing consistently good results for many years to come.
Sometimes called endodontic treatment, the procedure is required when the pulp inside the tooth has become infected or died as a result of accidental damage or decay. The only alternative to endodontic treatment is extraction of the tooth.
Treating the infection prevents it from spreading throughout the root canal system of the tooth. If this were to be left unchecked, the most likely result would be an abscess – a condition which can be extremely painful and may ultimately lead to damage in the bone around the tooth. Even if the abscess is painless, if left untreated, it may compromise any further treatment planned on the tooth, such as crowns.