Root canal treatment
A root canal treatment is a procedure that is done to save a tooth that is badly damaged or infected. The pulp, or living part of the tooth, is made up of nerves and blood vessels. It is contained in the pulp chamber, a space inside center of the tooth, which holds the pulp and extends into roots. It becomes infected or dies for a number of reasons:
During a root canal procedure, the nerve and pulp are removed from the "canal" inside of the root, which is then cleaned, filled and sealed.