A root canal is a treatment used to repair and save a tooth that is badly decayed or becomes infected. During a root canal procedure, the nerve and pulp are removed and the inside of the tooth is cleaned and sealed. Without treatment, the tissue surrounding the tooth will become infected and abscesses may form and damage the tooth.

To prevent tooth loss, root canal therapy is performed to save teeth with a diseased pulp. Occasionally, root canal therapy will not be sufficient to heal the tooth and revisional therapy or endodontic surgery is recommended. Endodontic treatment helps you maintain your natural smile, continue eating the foods you love, and limit the need for ongoing dental work. With proper care, most teeth that have had root canal treatment can last as long as other natural teeth and often for a lifetime.