In the past, if you had a tooth with a diseased nerve, that tooth probably would have been lost. Today, with root canal therapy you can save that tooth. Inside each tooth, runs the nerve and blood supply which constitutes the pulp. When the pulp is diseased or injured it can lead to pain, problems, infection and abscesses. Root canal therapy is when we remove the pulp and damaged nerve tissue, clean, sterilize, and seal off the pulp space to protect it. This tooth stays in your mouth and functions just like your other teeth. In most cases, a crown will be necessary to surround and protect the tooth. The root canal treated tooth could last a lifetime if you continue to care for your teeth and gums with regular check-ups. There are a lot of common misconceptions about root canals. Come see us to discuss any concerns or questions you may have about root canals.