Endodontics or Root Canal Therapy is the process of saving a tooth by removing the contents of the root canal structure or where the nerve and blood supply would be in a tooth. By cleaning this out and disinfecting the empty chamber, the tooth can then be sealed and restored and can give years more service.
If root canal treatment is not carried out then a tooth needs to be extracted as it will keep getting reinfected and could cause pain or swelling and even affect your general overall health and well-being. Root Canal Therapy is far more straight forward and predictable than it once used to be with the advent of better equipment, magnification and sealant materials.
After a short period of time it is usual to place a crown on a tooth that has been endodontically treated. This is beacause this treatment can weaken the structure of the tooth and leave it vulnerable to fracture, hence a crown is required soon after.