Even with good oral hygiene, an abscessed tooth can happen. An abscessed tooth occurs when decay causes an infection in the tooth pulp. Your dentist in Grand Rapids can treat your abscessed tooth with a root canal. Watch this video to learn more.
During a root canal, your dentist removes the infected pulp and fills the area where the pulp was with a special material. After removing the pulp, it may be necessary for your dentist to place a crown to build to the tooth back up. Most patients find root canals painless and similar to getting a cavity. Without treatment, an abscessed tooth can cause extreme pain that leads to you need an emergency dentist appointment, plus the potential to need an extraction.