The inside of teeth contain living tissue called the pulp which consists of nerves, cells that lay down and create new tooth structure and blood vessels. When the nerve and pulp becomes irritated due to trauma or large decay that has progressed to the pulp the tooth may become very painful and need root canal treatment to save the tooth. Root canal treatment is the removal and cleaning of the canal inside the tooth. The root and coronal portion above the gums stays in place but now it is considered a “dead” tooth. Although “dead” the tooth can still be used and function just like your other teeth but with no nerve or pain anymore. After the root canal is completed it is standard practice to have a crown made to cover the tooth to insure long term success of the tooth.
“The aim of the wise is not to secure pleasure, but to avoid pain.” – Aristotle