The space within the root of each of your teeth is called a “root canal,” and within that canal, there is dental pulp, which consists of soft tissue, nerves and blood vessels. Either tooth decay or some type of physical trauma can cause damage to your dental pulp. If this results in an infection then, left untreated, it can spread to the bone around your tooth, resulting in the loss of the tooth and further infection and oral health concerns throughout the mouth. To save the tooth, your dentist, Dr. Joseph E. Abe, and his team will first remove the dental pulp and then the area that held the pulp is cleaned and shaped to hold a specialized filler material that will protect your tooth from any more infection and reduce any sensitivity of the tooth. Once the root canal is cleaned, filled and restored, your tooth is capped with a crown that protects the mended root canal and looks and functions like a normal tooth. If you expect that you may be in need of a root canal treatment in Pasadena, California, please call us at 626-795-3301 as soon as possible to learn more and set up an appointment at our practice.