Root canal treatment, also known as endodontic treatment, is the process of removing infected, injured or dead pulp from a tooth. When bacteria enter a tooth through deep cavities, cracks or flawed fillings, the tooth can become abscessed or infected.
An abscessed tooth is a tooth with an infection in the pulp. If pulp becomes infected, it needs to be removed in order to save your tooth, relieve pain and swelling. After root canal treatment, your treated tooth needs to be restored with a crown or filling to make it look, feel and function like a natural tooth. If left untreated, your tooth may have to be removed leaving a gap in your smile that may affect the way you eat, speak and smile. If this is the case, Dr. Nosente Bollo-Kamara at Shoreham Dental can replace your lost tooth with a bridge or a dental implant.