Once upon a time, when a tooth became abscessed or badly damaged, the only treatment option would have been to remove the tooth. Today, we have the opportunity to overcome infections and internal damage to make teeth feel better without removing them. We can accomplish this tooth-saving feat with the help of the root canal procedure.
When the nerve and blood supply that is found in the center of each natural tooth becomes infected or severely traumatized, the condition is known as irreversible pulpitis. This means that the nerve tissue inside of the tooth has become irreversibly inflamed, often causing pain and sensitivity. In this state, the nerve within the tooth begins the slow and often uncomfortable process of dying. Fortunately, our teeth can exists without living nerve tissue, but only once the diseased tissue has been carefully removed.