root canal is a treatment used to repair and save
a tooth that is badly decayed or becomes infected.
During a root canal procedure, the nerve and pulp
are removed and the inside of the tooth is cleaned
and sealed. Without treatment, the tissue surrounding
the tooth will become infected and abscesses may
"Root canal" is the
term used to describe the natural cavity within
the center of the tooth. The pulp or pulp chamber
is the soft area within the root canal. The tooth's
nerve lies within the root canal.
tooth's nerve is not vitally important to a tooth's
health and function after the tooth has emerged
through the gums. Its only function is sensory
-- to provide the sensation of hot or cold. The
presence or absence of a nerve will not affect
the day-to-day functioning of the tooth.