Root canal treatment
The root canal or endodontic treatment treats the inside of the tooth in order to relieve pain and save the tooth.
Inside of the tooth, under the enamel and the dentin, there is a soft tissue called the pulp. The pulp extends from the crown of the tooth to the to the tip of the roots. It contains blood vessels, nerves and connective tissue. The endodontics treats the dental pulp's malignancies. Endodontic treatment is necessary when the pulp becomes inflamed or infected. The inflammation or infection can have a variety of causes: deep decay, chemical and physical stimuli, a crack or chip in the tooth.