A root canal is a procedure where the infected inside of the tooth (pulp tissue) is removed, the remaining space is cleaned and the space is finally “corked” and sealed with a filling material. Ultimately the tooth has a filling and crown placed on it so it can function normally again.
Cavity (bacteria)spread into pulp (L).
The root canal is cleaned and shaped (R).
Completed root canal with a temporary filling (L). Properly restored
tooth with a permanent filling (core build up, post and crown)
Advanced decay that infected the root
causing an abscess in the bone.