When a tooth is cracked or has a deep cavity, bacteria can enter the pulp tissue and germs can cause an infection inside the tooth. If left untreated, an abscess may form. If the infected tissue is not removed, pain and swelling can result. This can not only injure your jawbones, but is detrimental to your overall health. Root canal treatment involves one or more visits. During treatment, your general dentist or Endodontist (a dentist who specializes in problems with the nerves of the teeth) removes the affected tissue. Next, the tissue will be removed and the interior of the tooth will be cleaned and sealed. Finally, the tooth is filled with a dental composite. If your tooth has extensive decay or if your tooth is broken down, Dr. McKinley may suggest placing a crown to strengthen and protect the tooth from breaking. If you have any concerns or questions, please do not hesitate to call our dentist office today. We are located locally in Owensboro, KY if you wish to schedule an appointment.