Root canal treatment is the removal of the tooth's pulp, a small, thread-like tissue in the center of the tooth. Once the damaged, diseased or dead pulp is removed, the remaining space is cleaned, shaped and filled. This procedure seals off the root canal.
Root Canal treatment removes the pulp tissue, which is composed of a nerve and blood supply within the tooth. After all the material has been removed from within the root, the canal is sterilized and sealed with a material that prevents bacteria from re-entering an re-infecting the tooth.
Root canal treatment consists of several steps that take place over several office visits, depending on the situation. These steps are: