When the pulp (or nerve) of a tooth dies or becomes infected due to decay, it becomes necessary to remove the pulp through root canal therapy.
Basically an opening is made in the tooth to access the nerve. Varying diameter files are then used to remove the pulp from the roots. Once this is done a sealer is placed in the roots and a gutta percha filling material is used to completely fill the roots.
A filling is then placed in the opening that was made. A crown is then custom made to protect the tooth from fracture.
POST OP CARE
After you have root canal therapy completed you may have some soreness. It is recommended to eat soft foods for a couple of days after a root canal. An anti inflammatory may also be recommended for any discomfort.